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Reviews

  • Between Me And The Night review: lucid dreaming

    Between Me and the Night is Lisbon-based indie studio, Raindance LX’s, first released title and I must admit that I was quite impressed with their surrealistic point-and-click adventure. Although the game is not without its downfalls, it successfully delves into some deep and sometimes unnerving narrative themes, and with a depth I seldom experience in AAA titles. Personally, it is another testament that indie developers are the pioneers that will discover the future landscapes of gaming. Between Me and the Night might not be perfect but it does make me incredibly excited to see what these developers will do next. Story...

  • Sheltered & Life In Bunker dual-review: Steam’s survival of the fittest

    While everyone has been running around in the primitive landscapes of Far Cry: Primal, I have taken to the harsh environments of the post-apocalypse. On this journey through desolate digital landscapes I have encountered two interesting titles, one a gloomy 16-bit adventure in the wastelands of Earth and another a colourful experience taking place in deep underground bunkers. While both deal with similar subject matter, their approaches are worlds apart. Hopefully this review will help you choose your path into the post-apocalypse. One thing is for sure though, we’re all heading to the end of the world. Sheltered Release Date: 15 March...

  • BlackBerry PRIV review: steeped in potential, lacking in polish

    You might be wondering why on earth there's a BlackBerry review on Gearburn in 2016, but rest assured, the clock hasn't wound back ten years, nor is the company dead. In fact, it's experiencing something of a mantra change. Last decade, the Canadian company was the one challenging Apple for the world smartphone hierarchy. It was selling more phones than Samsung, and it was doing a damn fine job in the process. But since then, the company has fallen from grace, so much so that in 2016, it has done the unthinkable: it has turned to Android. Now, I was pretty...

  • Oculus Rift review roundup: great for gaming but lacking content

    Virtual reality's golden boy, the Oculus Rift, is finally available to the consumer market after years of talk, and boy, the reviews are streaming in thick and fast. The headset itself has been available for eons now, but only in pre-build beta guises for developers and industry henchmen to experience. But this Monday 28 March, the Oculus Rift was made available to the public, with those who pre-ordered taking the first devices home (or having Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey deliver it personally to your door). So, what is the general consensus among the media fraternity? Is the Oculus Rift the real...

  • LEGO Marvel Avengers review: just another brick in the wall

    It's time for another LEGO game from developer Traveller's Tales in the form of Lego Marvel Avengers. This time, the company is releasing a second Marvel Comics-themed title, which is only good for audiences, right? Well, not really. Marvel has taken a different approach to this new game. Instead of an original tale, it recounts both of the Avengers movies as well as some of the titles in between. The game's stages are compact versions of different scenes from the films, such as the farm in Age of Ultron. Yes, that ghastly, lumbering piece of filmography made it into the...

  • B&O Play H6 DJ Khaled Special Edition review: you love these gold slugs?

    Splashing the cash on Bang & Olufsen's latest product will get you more than just a pair of quality cans; it'll get you DJ Khaled's blessing too. That's right. That chap who quips "We The Best" on almost every track he produces now boasts that very phrase emblazoned on a set of gold-tinged Scandinavian headphones. That's not a bad way to live. "Stunning one-piece music systems that make your music sound and look beautiful" is how Bang & Olufsen describes its B&O Play range, and that's true for the most part. The B&O Play H6 DJ Khaled Editions are no exception. As...

  • Superhot review: when I move you move

    I’ve always been a great fan of the first-person shooter genre. As much as I love games with captivating narratives and mesmerizing concepts, there is just something… almost meditative (for lack of a better word) about mindlessly planting a plethora of bullets in my digital adversaries. But one has to admit that the genre has become repetitively stale in recent times and that it has been awhile since a title has successfully challenged the current recipe of shooters. Superhot is one game that aims to breathe some new life back into the FPS genre and it pulls it off surprisingly...

  • G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC review: a sturdy drive for clumsy professionals

    Owning a portable hard drive is risky business. Besides absent-mindedly leaving it somewhere, there's always the chance of dropping the device and breaking it. G-Technology seems to have solved the latter problem with its G-DRIVE ev ATC rugged drive. The overall package is rather simplistic and consists of two parts: the internal driver is housed in its own slim enclosure, and the external and rugged protective case. The kit includes both of these as well as a USB 3.0 cable and quick start guide. There's an additional bloatware software included, which is something you don't see often with other brands. It's...

  • Sony Xperia Z5 review: a show jumping workhorse

    I need to state up front that I am a Sony Xperia Brand Ambassador. I don't want to be accused of hiding it so I'm being very open about that fact right off the bat. This post is also not sponsored by Sony in any way. Now that that's out of the way, there's also a reason I agreed to be a Brand Ambassador for Sony Xperia. The Xperia range, while not without faults, is a damn good series of smartphones and the Sony Xperia Z5 is no different. There are three phones in the Z5 range -- the Sony Xperia...

  • Layers of Fear review: enter the sinister

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to play an Early Access version of Layers of Fear, a narrative driven first-person horror title created by Polish developer Blooper Team SA. Even though it was still in development, the game already boasted tremendous polish, and provided me with one of the most remarkable horror experiences I’ve had in gaming. Needless to say, when I discovered that Blooper Team had released their final version of Layers of Fear in February 2016, I couldn‘t wait to return to this artfully demented experience. But how would it hold up against my first experience? Could...