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  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] first impressions: life hacking

    Gone are the days of the cold and sombre tone of Aiden Pearce's Watch Dogs. Ubisoft's latest iteration of the franchise, Watch Dogs 2 is more colourful, in tune with its Millenial appeal and improves a number of facets of the original game. This includes driving machanics, the addition of fast travel, and different ways to play. In Watch Dogs 2, you play as Marcus Holloway, a young talented hacker who is tasked with bringing down San Francisco's intrusive surveillance systems. This after the baddies ctOS framed him as the lead suspect of a crime. The open world map of San Francisco is beautiful...

  • LG V20: can you record clear audio at a concert?

    The LG V20 is easily the most-hyped smartphone of the year when it comes to audio capabilities. Between the quad-DAC hardware and Hi-Res Audio support, the firm is positioning their phone as an audio playback beast of note. However, LG has also sold the V20 on its audio recording abilities, featuring three high-quality microphones, an HD audio recorder app and Hi-Res Audio recording support in the camera. In fact, when using the camera app, users can adjust the microphone directivity, low-cut filter, gain and LMT (limiter) features, giving a range of hitherto unseen audio recording options. So then, just how does it...

  • LG V20 first impressions: three cameras, two screens, one phone

    Every company has its fair share of bad ideas. Some are worse than others, and some tend to live in the zeitgeist for quite some time. Even so, the key for any firm is to recover from them. For LG, the G5 is more a scar than a beauty spot on the company's past, but the device did give the Korean manufacturer plenty of room to improve. And that improvement now arrives in the form of the LG V20. Although the LG V20 isn't quite a successor to the G5, it takes its older brother's content creation philosophy and builds on...

  • Titanfall 2 campaign first look: BT and me

    In Titanfall 2, the relationship between you -- protagonist Jack Cooper -- and your first Titan -- BT -- is reminiscent of the partnership between Drax and Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy. And it's just as awesome. While the game was installing, I had the option to play the same training run which we first saw in the beta. In the fear of getting bored, I put the control down and waited for the title to install fully. Once I could access the full game, I was introduced to the beautifully metallic visuals of BT's former pilot, Tai Lastimosa rushing into...

  • Uncharted 4 preview: the necessity of narrative, the bonus of beauty

    I'm not a huge fan of Nathan Drake (that's right, let's start this piece on a bombshell). In fact, I think he's among the most annoying, arrogant and apathetic characters in gaming, at least judging by the previous instalments of the Uncharted series. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End goes on sale this week, and we can only imagine how excited the host of PlayStation aficionados are. Naughty Dog and Sony are probably fairly giddy too, because this is easily the biggest PlayStation launch of the year (sorry Bloodborne). But the real question is, is the game worth picking up at launch?...

  • Quantum Break first impressions: a game, a decision, and a TV show

    Last night, I finally got some hands-on time with Remedy Entertainment's upcoming title Quantum Break. It's made by the same crew that created the Alan Wake titles, and it shows. Of course, there are some things that I cannot talk about just yet, but what I can say is that Quantum Break -- so far -- is a fun title. Bearing in mind my playtime consisted of around an hour or so. After some intro bits, the protagonist Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) and brother William Joyce (Dominic Monaghan) escape from a lab and have to fight their way through the secret armed...

  • Yo-Kai Watch preview: a charming collect-em-all-a-thon

    The Yo-Kai Watch series of games has been out in Japan since 2013 but it only started making its way to the West late last year. It's similar to the likes of Pokemon or Digimon in regards to collecting creatures and battling with them, but there's something that gives it a unique and compelling charm. The plot is relatively simple and one that's very 'anime' as well. While searching for bugs in a nearby forest, your character (a boy or a girl) stumbles on a mystical capsule machine. Upon inserting a coin into it, the machine releases a Yo-Kai named Whisper, who...

  • Far Cry Primal preview: the search for Oros

    The Far Cry series has always been about guns, soldiers, and killing. According to some fans, the series has grown stagnant over the years. Ubisoft is trying something new with Far Cry Primal by setting it in 10 000 BC and giving it a more natural aesthetic. I've managed to get in a few hours with the game, which released this week. This is only a preview article and a review will follow once I've finished the main storyline. Far Cry Primal starts with having your clan hunt mammoths. Apparently it's been a few days since your group last ate and they're...

  • Hisense Infinity KO hands-on: rough and tumble

    Hisense isn't a brand you'd generally associate with ruggedness, but its new smartphone is looking to change that emphatically. Dubbed the Hisense Infinity KO, the company has gone with the "life is hard on you, but even more so on your phone" approach, so it's built a tank in the confines of a smartphone. Lifeproof is a term you'll hear more of from the company in its marketing material, and it does fit the device fairly well on first inspection. That term insinuates a few bold claims too, a set of claims that waterproof master Sony doesn't dare make. But Hisense...

  • CyanogenMod 13 first impressions: bringing Marshmallow to the masses

    Now that Android Marshmallow is out in the wild, Android enthusiasts everywhere, at least those without Nexus devices, will be waiting to see when it’s their turn to upgrade from Lollipop. Numerous manufacturers have already released their lists of which devices will see the upgrade as well as those that are scheduled to be left behind. This is normal and should come as no surprise, however, for those not wanting to wait, (for instance, me), Cyanogenmod has delivered. Named CyanogenMod 13, the custom OS had been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and nightlies for a few devices, including my Moto G...