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Reviews

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review: a glorious assault on the senses

    For over 10 years now the Call of Duty (COD) franchise has been the dominant force in war gaming and the FPS (first person shooter) genre. What started back in 2003 has now become a record breaking and award-winning gaming series and one of the most popular games on the face of the planet. But in recent times the COD recipe has become somewhat stale and stagnant and the last few titles seemed like a mere repackaging of their predecessors. It was clear that Activision needed to rethink the future of its increasingly less original brain child. It was time...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. “The best smartphone ever,” some write when describing an iPhone 6. “This is the greatest gadget of all time,” says another about the HTC One M8. I don’t like using hyperbole, but ironically there’s no other way to describe BlackBerry’s Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever…  for business. It’s not average and it’s not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven’t planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. “Oh, I’m so...

  • PlayStation Plus games of November (PS4) review: digging, crying, escaping

    The chatter on the internet when November’s free PlayStation Plus games were announced was fairly hostile. Users moaned about the games but when I heard what was being released — Escape Plan, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig are three excellent games, all for the price of nothing at all (if you don’t count the PSN subscription fee). While all have been out for quite some time, they’re now free on PSN so, how do they still hold up? The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Let’s begin with the strongest game of the trio, and perhaps one of the best Rouge-like adventures...

  • D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 NAS review: enormously simple storage

    It’s not often we get a high-capacity storage system in the office to review, but my do we get excited when one comes a-knockin’. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-345 (as it is formally known) hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses, so pinning it down with one precise verdict became more troublesome than first considered. So how does it fare in the top shelf of an average user’s bedroom? Simple setup The chaps over at D-Link sure made this one of the most simple, idiot-proof storage systems available. Although...

  • iPhone 6 Plus review: enter the iPhablet

    Apple has finally set its foot in the phablet market this year with the iPhone 6 Plus. It took Apple about four years to understand that people do like big screens, no matter how awkward they are to handle with one hand. The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s biggest leap since the iPhone 4. It features a large 5.5-inch screen, completely different exterior design, a more open software platform with iOS 8, and a massive battery. Let’s see how Apple’s phablet performs. Design and build quality Apple has shifted to a completely new design with the iPhone 6 series. As the screen size...

  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) review: fun-tastic

    Games take themselves too seriously. Between the serious death and destruction of Mass Effect, Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare, games like Hotline Miami, Sunset Overdrive and yes, the titular Shadow Warrior stand out as titles that just wanna have fun. So I’m here to tell you that Shadow Warrior, a remake of a fairly racist Nineties classic by 3D Realms, is fantastic fun. Here’s a game that doesn’t take itself seriously for even a split-second, even while you’re spinning through crowds of exploding demons with a fiery Katana. (As an aside, is Devolver Digital the best games publisher of...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare meta-review: a return to form

    Today’s the day: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases and there’s a few reviews currently out and about. Is this the next-generation shooter we’ve all been hoping for? Let’s see what these lucky publications have to say (spoiler alert: the game’s good): Let’s begin with Joe Anderson’s review (on PS4), off the lesser-known site ShopTo.net. In Anderson’s opinion, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a solid return to form, with excellent use of the new EXO suit, lifelike graphics and addictive multiplayer. The new shooter isn’t going to convert non-fans though. “Whether Advanced Warfare is for you or not will be down...

  • ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ review: nothing is normal

    With such an unusual name, you can expect a unique game. That is exactly what the new Borderlands is, and in the best way possible. Shoot n’ loot your way across the desolate but flamboyant landscape of Elpis and witness the rise of Handsome Jack from a sharp-tongued coward into an even more sarcastic ultra-villain. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (BLPS), awkwardly nestled between its predecessors, stays true to the odd but winning recipe of excessive bizarreness but does not come without its new twists and turns that keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. This role-playing shooter is one that is sure...

  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse review: weapon of choice

    Input is important. Without a keyboard and mouse (two extremely antiquated but necessary forms of input we’re still clinging onto), a computer is next to useless. Sure, there are gamepads, Kinect and a whack of other peripherals, but computer control is defined by the humble mouse and keyboard. These are also the two objects that are rarely upgraded by the user. Well, Logitech’s impressively named G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse is here to change that as it’s most definitely the best mouse for gaming or serious business shite. What I liked The G402 is above all, one of the most responsive...

  • LG G3 Beat review: just above average

    Think of LG as the anti-Samsung. It’s making good strides with the mobile phone market and doesn’t tend to waste billions on flashy advertising. A few years back, it was virtually unheard of in the portable device market, but it remained the go-to company for home appliances. But it fought back with the incredible LG G2 and G3, two of the best Android phones in the recent years. With great screens, competitive pricing and slick interfaces, LG’s new batch of phones sold well and was generally embraced by the smartphone-hungry market. And now we have the mini-G3, the LG G3...