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  • These are Steam’s most lucrative video games of 2017

    It was another bumper year for the gaming industry in 2017, featuring plenty of must-play titles from the likes of Sony, Nintendo and other developers. But PC gamers also enjoyed a pleasant year, as Steam delivered a ton of gaming goodness. Now, the Valve-owned storefront has revealed its top selling titles of 2017, as measured by gross revenue. "We ran the numbers to come up with the list of the games that earned the most revenue during 2017, including all forms of Steam revenue; game sales, in-game transactions, and DLC. So, like last year, the resulting list includes a mix of free-to-play games as...

  • Steam Winter Sale is here, so what’s worth getting?

    Digital game sales are always a great way to add a few gems to your library, and the Steam Winter Sale is no exception obviously. The sale, which kicked off yesterday (21 December) and ends on 4 January 2018, has a number of solid deals right now. So which ones should you consider? For starters, space-faring title Elite: Dangerous has received a 75% discount to R105, but you'll need to splash out R210 on the Horizons Season Pass if you want to explore planets. We've also got a 50% discount on Inside (now R109.50), 50% off Tekken 7 (now R449.50), 90% off...

  • Apple cracks down on lootboxes, devs now have to disclose details

    Lootboxes have become one of the most contentious issues in the gaming industry in recent times, as everything from PC and console titles to smartphone games offer the feature. Whether it's an endless running game or a blockbuster action title, "randomised" item drops have become a key fixture in games. And developers have allowed users to actually buy these item drops too, making for a key avenue of cash. Now, Apple has decided to step up to the plate, Polygon reports, issuing a new set of guidelines for App Store developers that implement lootboxes. "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that...

  • Wiehahn’s most anticipated RPGs of 2018

    Can you feel that familiar excitement, that buzz of anticipation that grips us at the turn of every new year? A brave new world awaits us in 2018. Before us lies a vast digital landscape of potential gaming experiences, some that will change our lives and others that will send us furiously rioting down the streets. What better way to immerse ourselves in the pixelated essence of 2018 than forsaking reality for the fantastical adventures of role-playing games? Well, if you’re reading this, the chance is good you already know the answer: There is none. So let’s stop wasting time...

  • 9 noteworthy Nintendo Switch games coming in 2018

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a barn-burning launch year, delivering a host of must-play video games in less than 12 months on the market. 2018 will be a difficult follow-up year, after all, we got Super Mario Odyssey, a Mario Kart entry and Breath of the Wild. But that doesn't mean we don't have some good picks coming for the hybrid console... Bayonetta 1+2 Nintendo announced earlier this month that Bayonetta 3 would be coming to the Switch as an exclusive title. But we don't have a release date for this title unfortunately. We do however have confirmation and a February release date...

  • Inside and T20 Card Cricket: 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 end of the year is less than a dozen days away, but we're still seeing some great mobile games being released. Don't believe us? Then scroll down to find some fantastic titles, including the critically acclaimed Inside. Inside (free to start - iOS) Probably the most critically acclaimed game on the list, Inside is the brainchild of Limbo developer Playdead. So what does that mean? This generally equates to a side-scrolling platform/puzzler with...

  • GPD Win 2 specs revealed: what to expect from mini laptop?

    The original GPD Win was a rather unique device, essentially being a Windows laptop in a Nintendo DS-style form factor. It wasn't the most powerful device, featuring an Intel Atom X7 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. But the integrated gamepad and meant it was ideal for emulation and indie titles. Now, the GPD Win 2 specifications have been revealed (as spotted on reddit), looking like a solid step up from the predecessor. The new mini console, expected to hit Indiegogo on 15 January 2018, packs an Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6-inch 720p...

  • Pippa’s guide to the 5 best gaming gifts this festive season

    Games are always a good buy for THAT person in your house (my household is full of them!), because it means they'll get hours of enjoyment out of them, especially if there's someone they can play them with. You know your partner/really close friend you don't mind spending money on/child is desperate for a new game this Christmas but you have NO idea what to get them. Maybe they've just got a new console and they need games to play on it, or maybe they're just finished playing everything else on their list and are searching for something new and...

  • FEZ and Life Is Strange: 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 missed out on last week's mobile gaming rundown, owing to our Snapdragon Summit coverage. But we've got a few solid picks this week. Our favourites include a sequel to last year's excellent Reigns and a mobile version of iconic indie title FEZ. Reigns: Her Majesty (paid - Android, iOS) Reigns was one of my favourite mobile games last year, as you struggled to stay on the throne and made decisions using a Tinder-like...

  • Skyrim Switch review: should you hold it in high RedGuard?

    Say what you will about Skyrim being available on almost every platform known to man, but it's one of the better releases on the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it's an old game. But in a launch year that's seen a ton of goodness come to the Switch, Skyrim on the go is yet another tantalising prospect for owners of the console. In fact, I've only been playing it in portable mode, the Switch keeping me company on a recent transatlantic trip. Haven't heard of Skyrim? The latest core game in The Elder Scrolls series, 2011's Skyrim is an action/RPG set in a medieval-style open world, with...