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Reviews

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [PS4] review: run away from your problems

    If you and your friends spent a late night recounting the great games of 2008, Mirror's Edge would likely feature somewhere in that conversation. It was a monumental title, back when shooting things in the face was fast becoming the norm. With its focus on mobility and physics rather than violence and machismo, it was a breath of fresh air. Eight years after its debut, its prequel/sequel/god-knows-what, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, is now setting PCs and consoles alight with deep eye-straining contrasts and primary colours. In many ways, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is much of the same, but that's also not to...

  • DOOM [Xbox One] review: Mars attacks

    After completing Doom 2016 a while ago, I’m still reeling from the experience. It's a new take on the franchise that kept me on the edge of my seat for many gameplay sessions. If this intro sounds like I’m lauding the game, that’s because I am. I really, really am. Let’s be honest here, if you wanted to play Doom then you’ve more than likely already gone out and bought it. For those of you still sitting on the fence, or waiting for an inevitable price drop, this is another review to salivate over. It’s difficult to find much wrong...

  • No Man’s Sky [PS4] review: infinite bore-fare

    I'm over 20 hours into No Man’s Sky's deep, dark universe and I’m still as lost as I was when I first started. I’m perfectly fine with that. No Man's Sky is a space exploration game that allows you find countless galaxies, and over 18-quintillion randomly-generated planets. Your main mission of the game? There isn't really any, but you are chiefly  encouraged to find the centre of your galaxy. No Man's Sky isn't a game that will baby you with tutorials but offers you just enough help to not feel like a newborn. The game's beautiful and vast world truly makes you...

  • Sony Xperia X review: it has the bark, but desperately lacks the bite

    The Sony Xperia X is in a rather confusing place right now. It wasn't immediately clear at launch whether it's a new Sony smartphone flagship or if it complements the long-running Sony Xperia Z lineup. If one thing is clear though, it's that Sony's phone has a high-end price and pseudo-flagship features. What are you getting for the price? The spec sheet doesn't tell the whole story, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what you're getting though. In terms of pure horsepower, you've got a fast but not top-flight Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. So straight away, it's...

  • F1 2016 review round-up: the best F1 game in years?

    Last year's F1 2015 was the first Formula One title on current-generation consoles, offering a rather fantastic racing model and lovely visuals. Unfortunately, the game suffered from a lack of content, such as a proper career mode and game modes in general. Does F1 2016 deliver on this front though? Here's what the reviews are saying... The career mode gets some love Eurogamer's Martin Robinson gave the game a "recommended" badge, citing the title's ability to make all career sessions feel "meaningful". "The programmes themselves are mini-games that don't feel out of place amidst F1 2016's quest for realism. Simulate a qualifying run by hitting a...

  • Bound review: dance through your darkest dreams

    If shooting things in the face is your idea of a great gaming day, look away now, because Bound is a stark departure from your sadistic desires. With that said, though, the oddball game developed by Plastic Studios and Sony-owned Santa Monica Studio sure does ask a fair bit of questions about the gamer, regardless of your mental fortitude. But what does that mean, and what the hell does this game mean? I kept asking myself this throughout my playthrough and I still don't have a definitive answer. But can it even be called a game? According to the title's director,...

  • Epson L220 printer review: speedy death of the ink cartridge

    Yes, yes. We're reviewing printers now, and it's a better us for it. These often underrated, under-appreciated and laden-under-piles-of-books devices generally sit in the corner for most of their lives until they're called upon. Hell, they're like Batman: when you finally need them, you expect them to be there for you entirely even if they've spent most of their lives in abject solitude. So with that in mind, we gladly took in an Epson printer for a few weeks. Epson has been making printers since 1977, so it's fair to say that it has a few good years of experience....

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • The Technomancer review: welcome to Backtrack Simulator 2016

    Take one part Mass Effect, mix it in with some Alpha Protocol and add a heap of Too Human. What do you get? The finished product is a hack-and-slash RPG that clearly shows its budget trappings. We're talking about The Technomancer. Anyway, The Technomancer takes place on a Mars colony that sees corporations running the show. This comes at the expense of mutants, poverty-stricken folk and other unfortunate souls down below. You're a Technomancer, one of the "lucky" mutants though, effectively able to channel electrical powers and imbue your weapons with said powers. This means you'll be a special soldier for said corporations... That...

  • Huawei P9 review: best camera phone of 2016?

    Dual-camera smartphones excite me. It's a rather unique way to overcome the limitations of traditional mobile cameras, while also offering some interesting novel features. The HTC One M8 (review) for instance (while technically having a depth sensor), showed what dual-camera devices could be capable of, offering the ability to have any image you shoot be refocusable. LG took a different route with its dual-camera LG G5 (review) earlier this year though, delivering two cameras that operated independently of one another. Now, Huawei has joined the party with its Huawei P9 flagship, offering two 12MP rear cameras that work together. So did the Chinese...