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Reviews

  • WD Green 2TB review: affordable secondary storage

    There are hundreds of forums across the internet with consumers pondering the difference between WD‘s array of colour-named drives. Currently, consumer offerings consist of the Black, Red, Blue and Green line, with each geared for slightly different usage scenarios. The Black drives are for the performance enthusiasts or those with money in the bank, while the Red drives are mainly used for network storage or reliable data retention in RAID arrays. The Blue drives are probably the closest to the bog-standard drive, and then come the WD Green drives. These spinners often get a fair amount of hate from the online...

  • HTC One Mini 2 review-in-brief: smaller than an M8, but not as good

    If phone sales were based solely on device quality, then HTC would be sitting right near the top of the smartphone pile instead of scrapping a bunch of has-beens for the minor places. A case in point is the HTC One Mini 2. Not so long ago, if you wanted a smaller version of a flagship Android device, you had to resign yourself to the fact that you were going to end up with, well, less. Less features, less storage capacity, less battery life… you get the picture. More recently that’s started to change. As flagship Android devices have started to veer...

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze — it’s a thing that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It’s here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. The latest device is this category, and in our offices, is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Now I...

  • ‘Tormentum: Dark Sorrow’ review: demented silence

    Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a spectacularly sinister point-and-click puzzle adventure created by the Polish three-man indie developing team, Oh Noo! Studios. It will take you on a menacing five hour journey through a dark fantasy world inspired by the surrealist works of artists such H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. It is a gratifying step towards separating point-and-click adventures from the misleading label of “casual games” and presents the opportunity to firmly cement the genre as a serious gaming experience. Story Time You play as a mysterious hooded figure, the nameless hero of Tormentum’s story. You wake up to find yourself trapped in...

  • Verssed W1 review-in-brief: finally, something different

    We’ve been bombarded by a barrage of low-cost smartphones recently and we’re pretty damn bored of them all. As a consumer, it’s a puzzling time to be rummaging through the smartphone marketplace, and as a first-adopter looking for that first handset, it’s even worse. Although Android phones below the R1000 threshold are all unamusing and largely uninspiring, there are a few other devices out there that force us to sit up and take note. On paper, the Edcon exclusive Verssed W1 seems like a predictable cookie-cuter budget device. There’s that familiar 4.0-inch screen with an even more tell-tale 800×480 resolution, a...

  • ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ review: a marvellous creation

    If you’re new to the Monster Hunter franchise (like I am), jumping into a game as dense and time-consuming as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is quite an investment. For once, the game demands a fair amount of graft for rather feeble initial rewards, but there’s one thing I should definitely mention from the offset: it’s difficult to put down. Taking off from where the Monster Hunter series ended back in 2013, the Ultimate version adds a dense layer of 3D to the running, slaying, returning, running, slaying, returning methodology. That might sound a bit boring, but it genuinely isn’t. You play...

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part two: today is the day I die

    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 the final article in a two-part series. Read more: ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive A few days ago I was sitting comfortably at home, hypnotized by the television that was filling my mind with exploding cars and the latest celebrity scandals. It was not much of a life but I was safe and well-fed. Now I’m stranded on some god-forsaken island somewhere deep in the vast lonely expanse of the Pacific. I’ve...

  • ‘Dying Light’ review: errands, Harran and the Zombie Apocalypse

    Dying Light, from developers Techland (Dead Island games) is the first major title to be released in 2015 and is a game that will appeal to a variety of gaming tastes. From fast-paced free-running sessions with added parkour to zombie massacres to vast exploration, it offers a well-rounded and adrenaline pumping style of game play. But when it comes down to narrative, Dying Light severely lacks both the element of immersion and a sense of realism. Story Time: Conspiracies, clichés and budget acting Welcome to the Turkish City of Harran. What once might have been a booming holiday destination has now...

  • ‘Evolve’ review: a monstrous bite of entertainment

    Music and video games have a lot in common. Take drum and bass for example: a Benga-produced track might be different from a DJ Fresh record, but they both fall into the same genre, regardless of how different they may be. It’s the same with first-person shooters. Well, mostly. Yes, yes, I know. That’s like saying all cars are the same if they have four wheels and are painted red. It’s oversimplification, but Evolve does make one wonder if all FPSes have to be one dimensional. It challenges the mold, but largely remains within a comfortable set of confines. Evolve is...

  • Micromax Yu Yureka review: Cyanogen OS mid-ranger with terrific value

    The Yu Yureka, the first smartphone offering from Micromax’s new online-only brand attempts to take down the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo, and Huawei. Yu’s focus is to provide maximum value to the buyers by offering great hardware at dirt-cheap price, fast software, and software support for longer than usual times. It offers the best hardware at its price, even beating Xiaomi, and that’s a great achievement considering the latter is one of the fastest growing brands on the planet. However, we’ve also come to know that there are a lot of things apart from the hardware specifications which can make or...

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