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Reviews

  • LG G Watch R review: wristy business

    Smartwatches. What's the point? I can't think of another piece of technology that's more superfluous to its wearer -- perhaps only a shoe made entirely of shark teeth. Or electric can openers. There's just no dire need for them, but hell, they're clearly here to stay. With the likes of Apple jumping aboard the wristpiece train, there's very little chance of the industry slowing down now, but there are companies that have been trudging away in the space hoping for some type of miracle sales breakthrough. LG is one. It has had some glorious smartwatch ideas in the past, like the LG...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ review: bloody brilliant

    In 1992 four programmers with a minimal budget wanted to make a game based on the movie Bloodsport. Fortunately Jean Claude van Damme, the star of the movie, joined the Street Fighter project (which then never happened) and the license deal for the game fell through. Luckily, they did not give up their quest to make a fighting game and out of the ashes of Bloodsport the first Mortal Kombat was born, a game that would send never ending ripples through the landscape of gaming. Now more than a decade later I have the pleasure of reviewing the tenth major...

  • ‘Pillars of Eternity’ review: vivid, vast, visceral

    Obsidian Entertainment’s games have always been known for their vividly elaborate plots and immense settings (Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2). Its latest title, Pillars of Eternity, is every bit as vast and intricate and has a depth that can rival any game. It is the kind of artwork that an artist would consider as one of his most remarkable creations, a work true to his own soul. This real time strategy fantasy RPG is as unforgiving as it is rewarding and it juggles these two concepts like a carnie veteran. In its epic 50-80 hour saga the effects of...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced

    Screen size is a big factor in consumers' purchasing decisions, especially in the past few years. Huawei really has taken this a bit too seriously with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, its new floor board-sized phablet. But what it lacks in subtlety and understatement, it makes up in pure style and utility. It's no surprise that Huawei aims to compete with the big boys of the mobile devices world after it's global financial figures have exploded by over 40% year on year, so, why not? It's a company that's rising the crest of a wave and here in South Africa,...

  • ‘A Pixel Story’ review: a magical journey through gaming history

    A Pixel Story is the work of UK-based and BAFTA nominated indie game developers, Lamplight Studios. The 2D platformer takes the history of gaming and masterfully turns it into a fantastic fictional saga through the technological evolution of games. From the primitive and pixelated days of Pong to the vivid and seemingly futuristic days of the present, it takes you on a heart warming journey of innocence, discovery and triumph. A Pixel Story is another testament to the creativity that is born from the indie game industry. In a gaming world where every title seems to be a slightly altered...

  • ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 3D’ review: friends, foes, faffing about

    Another day in Nintendoland, another Nintendo Wii title ported to handheld. This time, it's a title to get properly excited about. The legendary Xenoblade name is the first to grace the New Nintendo 3DS XL as an exclusive title, dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. It should be giving Nintendo fanboys who own the console a few shivers, and a very good reason for those who don't own the console to get one. But this is conjecture. Storyline After a way-too-long cinematic that you can't skip explaining how two kick-ass legendary fighters Dickson and Dunbar were, you should be fairly familiar with what's going on,...

  • GetOne and ErgoPROP combo review: soothe my aching back

    Not all gadgets have sparkly screens or buttons that transform them into talking, walking robots. Some are more mundane and down-to-earth, but these can often be more important and detrimental to your life than those that sparkle. Ergotherapy Solutions, a South African company focused on turning the office space into a more comfortable environment, courteously gave us two of its new products to review, namely the GetOne ergonomic office chair and the ERGOProp ergonomic laptop stand. You're probably wondering how you'd test products like these. Well, it's simple really. I usually suffer from dull aches and pains in my back from...

  • WD Green 2TB review: affordable secondary storage [updated]

    Update: Since the first draft of this review was released, WD has stressed that the drives are not meant to be used in a NAS array even if they were shipped within one. So, being the good Samaritan that I am, I agreed to re-review just one drive in my secondary system at home, firstly for the hell of it and secondly, to understand the WD Green 2TB as a lone wolf, not a pack animal. The update can be found lower down in the review. There are hundreds of forums across the internet with consumers pondering the difference between...

  • Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo review: sweltering LTE, lacklustre UX

    The budget smartphone space is becoming a little universe on its own. A lot is going on in the space: competition, innovations, deals, and new releases almost on a weekly basis; pretty much everything that's happening with high-end smartphones. The budget smartphones might be without the lights and explosions of the high-enders, nevertheless, great things are happening. Cellular moguls MTN, Vodacom, retailing giants Edcon, and industry giants like Samsung, LG, and Microsoft have released low end smartphones in the past few months. The latest device on our table comes from Vodacom in the form of the (Vodacom) Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo,...

  • Alien: Isolation, The Talos Principle and OlliOlli: the Better Late Than Never roundup

    It's Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a deeper look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. This is the second installment, featuring the likes of the immersive and cinematic Alien: Isolation, the mindbending The Talos Principle and the ever addictive OlliOlli. Alien: Isolation I only got to play Alien: Isolation very recently and, I must admit, it is one of very few truly innovative titles to come from 2014. This statement might be a bit biased as I am a great fan of the Alien film series (and I’m very much...