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  • The Room: Old Sins and Knife Hit: 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. Sure, January might be a dead month of sorts, but that hasn't stopped us from finding a decent selection of mobile games. Our favourite titles this week? Well, probably Knife Hit and a new entry in the Out There franchise. Out There Chronicles - Episode Two (paid - Android, iOS) The first Out There game made quite an impact, blending adventure elements with a touch of FTL: Faster Than Light. It's since spawned an...

  • Shadow of the Colossus remake: what are reviewers saying?

    The Shadow of the Colossus remake is one of the more eagerly anticipated PlayStation titles of the year. After all, how can you not love the original game and its epic battles against building-sized monsters? Now that the review embargo has lifted, what are reviewers saying about the title? Eurogamer (essential) The prominent gaming website bestowed an "essential" badge on the game, saying that developer Bluepoint makes the game "feel excitingly modern". "It is an authentic labour of love, this release, and it improves Shadow of the Colossus in real ways. It runs better, it's easier to enjoy, it's more beautiful. It's bigger, which...

  • You can now get a SNES emulator on your hacked PS4

    The past month has seen the hacking community go into overdrive after the PS4 was successfully hacked. Earlier this week saw the release of a tool to run PS2 ISOs on hacked consoles, essentially leveraging Sony's own emulation for PS2 games on the PlayStation Store. Now, we've seen another notable program pop up on compromised machines, in the form of a SNES emulator. For those keeping track, SNES emulators are available on almost every hacked gaming platform since the late 1990s, popping up on the Sega Dreamcast, original Xbox, PS2 and loads of other machines. "Don't expect everything to run perfect. Hopefully...

  • The best local multiplayer games for Nintendo Switch

    Online gaming has become the new norm for millions of gamers around the world, but there's something special to be had with local multiplayer titles. Fortunately, 2017 saw no shortage of quality titles in this department, in large part due to the Nintendo Switch. The console's two JoyCon controllers mean that local multiplayer titles are a much easier sell, reducing the need to buy more controllers. So we looked at some of the best titles in this regard for Nintendo's console. Super Bomberman R The Bomberman franchise has long been a multiplayer staple, as players seek to trap their friends and ruin friendships...

  • Review round-up: Celeste is gaming’s latest breakout hit

    Combine mountain climbing with Super Meat Boy style antics and you should have a solid idea of what Celeste is all about. Reviews for the platformer (available for PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One) lifted this week and we're looking at critical acclaim all around, it seems. "Even when Celeste is playing things straight it's a wonderfully challenging proposition. A platform will start to move when you jump onto it. Moments later, a gap will seem uncrossable until you realise that you can hurl yourself further if you use the moving platform's momentum to provide an extra shove," Eurogamer explains...

  • Hacked PS4s can now run PS2 ISOs

    The PS4 was recently hacked, allowing for a variety of homebrew software and, almost inevitably, the ability to run pirated games. But who expected PS2 ISOs to run on the PS4? Well, it's happening. According to a Wololo report, developer CFWProphet released a "free-ps2-pub-gen" tool which essentially taps into Sony's PS2 emulation software for classic games on the PS4. Of course, Sony's emulator isn't meant to be used in this fashion, as the company only uses it for a select few classics on the PS Store. But games that haven't been brought to the Store are indeed running anyway, albeit with various...

  • Budget Diaries: Mr Shadow, Emily is Away and more

    Budget Diaries is a new series where Gearburn explores the vast digital landscape of the internet in search of unique and engaging games that won’t break the bank or greedily consume half your hard drive's space. If you're tired of paying half your wages on games, waiting for massive downloads or playing games that seem all too familiar, then you've come to the right place. This week, Wiehahn takes a look at eccentric Mr Shadow, the quirky Shootout on Cash Island, and nostalgia-inducing Emily is Away… Feel like there is anything we've missed? Drop your suggestions in the comments and we'll be sure...

  • Xbox Game Pass to get Xbox exclusives on launch day

    Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is a solid first step into the world of subscription-based gaming, offering just over 100 games for R159 a month. The library isn't amazing but there are quite a few big-hitting games and hidden gems here, giving you plenty to play. Now, Microsoft has announced a big boost thanks to first-party exclusives launching simultaneously on their own and on Xbox Game Pass. And it all starts with Sea of Thieves... "Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means...

  • God of War gets 20 April release date, new trailer

    The first trailer for the new God of War title drew a ton of positive attention, with subsequent trailers showing that Sony definitely has another potential hit in its library. Now, Sony has confirmed that the latest title will be launching on 20 April worldwide, including South Africa. Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has also detailed various editions ocoming to the country, starting with the "standard plus" edition for R999. A peek at the box art sees "day one edition" spread across the top -- so we'll presumably get some exclusive content or DLC here. Then there's the limited edition, with a R1099 recommended price...

  • GPD Win 2 portable gaming device smashes Indiegogo target

    Last month, we reported on the specs and claimed benchmarks of the GPD Win 2, the successor to the original Windows-based portable gaming device. Featuring an Intel Core M3 chip, Intel HD Graphics 615, six to eight hours of juice and 8GB of RAM, it certainly makes for a big upgrade over the Atom-equipped original. The laptop/DS-style device hit crowdfunding website Indiegogo on 15 January and, surprise surprise, it's blown past its US$100 000 goal. In fact, the device has already hit the US$1.4-million mark with two months to go. You'll also want to back the device if you fancy getting it for...