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  • Watch: Halo Wars 2 launch trailer hits the web

    Microsoft's Halo Wars made for quite an impression upon launch in 2009, offering a refreshing strategy take on the Halo formula. Of course, Halo was originally intended to be a strategy game, so Halo Wars was really about bringing the series to its roots, in a sense. In any event, Microsoft has published the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, set years after the events of the first title. "After experiencing a pyrrhic victory following the events of the first Halo Wars, Captain Cutter and the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up after 28 years of cryosleep...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro gets Boost Mode for non-Pro titles

    Microsoft's Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements. First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven't been patched for the PS4 Pro. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off...

  • The Last Guardian gets $20 drop, but what about SA?

    Say what you will about The Last Guardian, but you can't deny that it's one of the most important Sony releases of this generation. In any event, Sony has confirmed that the PS4 title has received a permanent US$20 price cut in the United States, which means the game can be acquired for US$40. But what about South Africa? Does the price cut affect us? Fortunately, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has confirmed that South Africa will be receiving a price cut as well. A representative confirmed that the new suggested price for South Africa is R699.99, down from R999 at launch. It's worth noting that...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is 70% off on Steam

    I love the Deus Ex franchise, but I've only just recently sunk my teeth into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. After all, AAA games aren't cheap on console. Fortunately, discounts happen all the time for PC gamers, with Mankind Divided available for R149.70 as part of a franchise sale on Steam. The title is usually available for R499, representing a 70% discount. Don't care for Mankind Divided? Then Human Revolution Director's Cut is available for R54.75. Prefer the god-awful (it's actually decent in its own right) Deus Ex: Invisible War? Expect to pay just R19. Otherwise, former mobile title Deus Ex: The Fall is available...

  • Nioh review diary: git gud or die trying

    Welcome to my Nioh review diary. This will be the parchment on which I document my struggle to git gud with yet another Japanese RPG. How will it end? With me dead, probably. Nevertheless, I will be adding entries fairly frequently to this review, as I make my way though the game's grisly worlds. If you're interested, please bookmark this page and remember to return regularly. Entry #1: introducing Nioh Time played: 3 hours Chapter: 1, escaping the Tower of London Mental state: good, but blood pressure is worrying Note: although I'm still downloading the bulk of Nioh's bytes, the game does allow you to...

  • Fire Emblem Heroes is out, expect congestion

    Fire Emblem Heroes has quietly launched around the world, being the second mobile game from Nintendo. But players aren't exactly having a trouble-free experience in the first few hours of its launch. Once you've downloaded the initial install file (weighing in at under 50MBs), you'll need to download an 80MB+ file via the game itself. But it seems like players are reporting slow download times and server issues in this regard. Over here at Gearburn, we've received numerous communication error popups, as well as slow downloads over fibre (definitely upwards of 15 minutes). Fire Emblem Heroes has stealthily launched on mobile, but expect...

  • Fire Emblem and Gunman Taco Truck: 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. The mobile gaming sector is a busy one, with original titles and blockbusters launching all the time. But we're here to sift through the nonsense, bringing you some of the better mobile games around. Our highlights this week? Why it's Fire Emblem Heroes and the rather addictive Gunman Taco Truck. Check out all five picks below. A Day in the Woods (free - Android, iOS) It's usually a paid title on Apple platforms, but...

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to PS4, Switch in SA

    The video game series that really should be played by everyone, Puyo Puyo (or Puyo Pop), is coming to South Africa. Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Puyo's core mechanics are similar to Tetris when it comes to stacking objects and clearing lines in order to score points. Where the games differ is Puyo's use of colours and block designs -- it makes the game a bit harder. The previous games have also included story modes and use characters with different abilities. Basically, think of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. In this latest release, players are able...

  • Watch: the history of the bow and arrow in gaming

    I quite like Stuart 'Xbox Ahoy' Brown's gaming videos on YouTube, producing some slick, well-researched clips on a number of subjects. His weapon videos in particular, covering iconic arms in games, are definitely worth watching. Brown has already covered the Desert Eagle, Tommy Gun, M16 and AK-47, to name a few standout weapons. But his next video is a relatively lengthy one at 20 minutes, covering the humble bow and arrow. From Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Age of Empires to Far Cry Primal and Tomb Raider, Brown does a fantastic job as usual. Check the video out below.

  • There’s a Morrowind expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online

    If you haven't had a chance to try out The Elder Scrolls Online (let's be honest, Skyrim is still amazing and you're probably still stuck into it), now may be time to start looking into the game. Bethesda Softworks has announced that it will be releasing a Morrowind expansion to the online game. In The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, players will be able to journey to Vvardenfell -- an island inside of the province of Morrowind -- and undertake an additional 30 hours of new storyline. The game takes place around 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, so the...