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Reviews

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my cold, dead hands

    There were many things that Nintendo got right with the debut 3DS and 3DS XL systems. They were easy to hold, lasted long on a charge and had a plethora of great titles to choose from, but they also had their flaws. One of them was ashamedly highlighted in their name. While the 3D system caused more migraines than good memories, there was also a lack of control nubs modern day console gamers are used to. So the Kyoto gaming giant went back to the drawing board furiously penciling in new, refreshed ideas for its New Nintendo 3DS XL and...

  • ‘Grim Fandango Remastered’ review: it’s good to be back

    Finally, I can breathe, eat and sleep again. The gripping anticipation is over. A few weeks ago, Grim Fandango: Remastered was released and my world practically stopped for a month. Unfortunately, my prediction of presidential speeches and world celebrations was a bit off. But who cares? This is a day I have been waiting for since I heard that the critically acclaimed point-and-click adventure game will be resurrected in glorious HD. The original Grim Fandango was created by Tim Schafer while he was still working for the late LucasArts game studio, the then leaders of the adventure games genre (1998)....

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don’t make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed “flagship” launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What’s more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • Canon PowerShot G7X review: badass snapper in a petite body

    Canon releases some pretty badass digital cameras, in my opinion at least. The Canon 5D, 7D and their variants are up there with the best digital cameras in the world, perfect for both personal and professional photography. These cameras can be out of reach for those with shallow pockets though or those not requiring high-end specs, and so Canon has been making some affordable digital cameras too. For weeks now, I have been getting acquainted with the sexy Canon PowerShot G7X, and I’ve loved every minute. Looking at all the cameras that Canon has produced, this is perhaps the company’s smallest range,...

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive

    If you thought survival games were boring, think again. Wiehahn navigates the treacherous island world of Stranded Deep with the finesse of Daniel Defoe. This is Part One of a two part piece. Stranded Deep is yet another title to enter the seemingly inexhaustible genre of first-person survival games. Developed by Brisbane-based developer, Beam Team Games, Stranded Deep promises to offer a more “realistic” experience in comparison to its plethora of survival rivals. It is currently still in its alpha phase and can be found on Steam’s Early access list, where it has been comfortably sitting among the top sellers...

  • COUGAR 200K review-in-brief: a budget gamer’s delight

    Not too long ago, PC gaming was an activity enjoyed by the fairly wallet-heavy, with components and hardware prices setting users back a fair few bills (at least in South Africa). Granted, this hasn’t changed much at the top end but the term “budget” is more pronounced in the market with companies thinking of emerging gamers as a primary audience. Don’t quite believe me? Take COUGAR‘s latest budget-orientated gaming keyboard for instance. The COUGAR 200K is a slim gaming keyboard that retails for just R370 in some cases, but packs some sterling performance for that price. It doesn’t quite look...

  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 review-in-brief: pretty but pretty soulless

    I enjoy getting gadgets to test for predetermined periods of time. Some I wish I could keep to dress in baby clothes and tuck them in at night. Others I want to toss in a fire and never hear from them again, unless its the crackle and sizzle of burning plastic. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is neither one of these, but that doesn’t make it an exciting prospect either. As I recently pointed out in my Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review, the tablet genre is a tad stale, and no one (except perhaps Lenovo) is willing to change this. Acer is...

  • Acer Liquid E700 Trio review: three SIM’s the charm

    There is no second guessing the aesthetic of the Acer Liquid E700 Trio or the way it feels in one’s hands. The phone looks great and feels good to the touch. Its black design is minimalistic and elegant. The front of the phone is plastic and the back is rubber which gives it a tight grip. The phone retails from R3180 but feels more expensive than that. SIM-ply awesome Noticeably the phone features three microSIM card slots, hence the “Trio” at the end of its name. The slots can support SIMs from different networks and they seem to work fine without...

  • Ground Zeroes, Dragon Age Inquisition and The Fall: better late than never review roundup

    Today the gaming industry is the strongest it has ever been. The public’s interest in this interactive phenomenon and the rapid advancement of game design technology has resulted in it becoming one of the highest grossing industries in the world. But this in turn, with an abundance of indie developers seeking their glory and established studios trying to create the next hit, has lead to an influx of titles flooding the market. Because of this over abundance it is easy to miss out on some games and one is not always certain which titles to approach or rather leave in...

  • Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review: not much of an upgrade

    Yawn. “Tablets” is fast becoming the most boring device genre on earth, with no diversity, no new ideas or differentiating features. Even iPad sales are down, and those things used to be the, well, apple of Apple’s eye. Roll on Huawei. The Chinese mega company rolled into South Africa just a few years ago, initially offering a batch of routers and wireless communication options for consumers perusal. Sure enough, it branched out into smartphones and now offers a swathe of tablets too. But are they part of the mashed potatoes and gravy all the tech companies are feeding us nowadays? Well,...

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