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Reviews

  • Meizu Pro 6 reviewed: will this Chinese flagship Ameizu?

    When it comes to Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei and Xiaomi are on the tip of most tongues these days. But Meizu is another respected brand in the country, slowly making its way around the world. South Africa is the latest launch nation for the company, in partnership with 2C Telecoms, and the Pro 6 is Meizu's flagship product. Well, technically there is the Pro 6 Plus, but in a local context, the Pro 6 is its top-flight device. At a prepaid price of R7999, the Pro 6 has the same price tag as the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). But does it...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • Farming Simulator 17 [Xbox One] review: Old MacDonald had a clunky farm

    There’s pretty much a game for everyone. From simulating railroads and buses to dating pigeons. For those of with a green thumb and a lack of imagination, there's Farming Simulator 2017. For those of you who have played games with farming aspects, such as Harvest Moon or even Minecraft, the Farming Simulator series is a whole lot different. In fact, it's an incredibly deep simulation tool with some odd (read:bland) design choices. If you're not willing to sink hours of your life selling freshly harvested wheat to bakeries, then this may not be for you. Did you expect this to have...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...

  • Super Mario Maker 3DS review: what’s the internet?

    Nintendo and the internet have a notoriously strained relationship. From the GameCube's support for online gaming (only supporting Phantasy Star Online and its sequel) to weird friend code implementation, the company hasn't always kept up with the times. But last year's Super Mario Maker (review) on the Wii U was a triumph, as Nintendo harnessed the power of the internet to bring a fantastic experience. A large part of the game was sharing your created levels with other players, but an even bigger aspect was playing levels made by people around the world. And the results were mesmerising, infuriating, jaw-dropping and just...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] review: a better breed of game

    French developer and publisher Ubisoft released the first Watch Dogs game in 2013, being noted for an extremely divisive reception. Now, the release of Watch Dogs 2 brings with it the hope that Ubisoft has learnt its lessons and actually delivered a game to meet expectations. Following the events of Aiden Pierce in Chicago, the game moves to an entirely new map in San Francisco and follows the exploits of a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway. Once Marcus is scouted and recruited by hacktivist group DedSec, he begins the seemingly righteous journey of freeing the public from their blinding technological comforts. DedSec itself comprises...

  • Dishonored 2 [Xbox One] review: this game is Attano fun

    2012's Dishonored is one of last generation's greatest original titles, offering relatively open-ended level design, an array of innovative supernatural powers and a variety of solutions to tackling enemies. It's a hitherto unseen formula and one that's still a rarity in today's videogame landscape. So there wasn't much that a sequel had to do to in order to stand out. The real question is whether Arkane Studios went above and beyond the call of duty though... New engine, same style Fire up the game and you've got a familiar art style in tow, being somewhat pastel-like yet grounded in reality. In other words,...

  • Beholder [PC] review: Orwellian errand man

    Beholder is an indie adventure title developed by Russian-based studio Warm Lamp Games. According to the developers, the game is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government”. It takes place in a fictional Totalitarian state run by the cold and calculating “Ministry”. You play as Carl Stein, a newly state-appointed landlord of an apartment building who has been ordered to keep an eye on the tenants and report any suspicious activity that goes against the Ministry’s wishes. To do so you will be profiling your tenants, secretly installing cameras in their apartments and, in certain cases, will have...

  • Destiny: The Collection [PS4] review: the better Halo collection

    Gamers around the world had high hopes for the FPS MMO, Destiny. The former developers and creators of the Xbox-staple Halo Series, Bungie, was purchased by Activision and were set on creating an online game. After initial mixed reviews, the game has received several expansions and many tweaks. With Destiny 2 arriving in 2017, is now the right time to pick up the first game and its expansions? What’s in the collection? The recently-released Destiny: The Collection is a battle chest that collects all of the Destiny content on the latest generation consoles... to an extent. It includes all of the previously...