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Reviews

  • Mafia III [Xbox One] review: a game of contrasts

    Picture this: your friends and family have been murdered, you’re left for dead and your ties to the Mafia have all but betrayed you. What are you gonna do? Kill everyone for revenge, of course. A story of revenge Okay, so that’s a basic rundown of the latest open-world crime simulator, Mafia III. Set during 1968 in America, the game uses the Vietnam War and counter-culture as the backdrop for this tale. You take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a black man, and recent war veteran and special ops veteran with ties to the Mafia. Upon his arrival in New Bordeaux,...

  • Gears of War 4 [Xbox One] campaign review: a new Fenix rises

    It’s been a long, hard road out of hell, but the story of Marcus Fenix and his fight against the Locusts has come to an end. Now, Microsoft has released a new chapter in the Gears of War saga; the start of a new trilogy of games. Question is, should you play this new title, or stick with the older games? The story of a new group Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3 and is actually the fifth title in the series (Judgement being the fourth). The alien-ish menace that once plagued the planet...

  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES review: a little bit of nostalgia

    Oh, Nintendo, how you love to play on our nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses. Not only does the company re-release classic NES titles for every new platform it launches, but it's now come out with a console resembling the original NES (complete with a range of built-in games). The question is, should you purchase this R999 (US$60) little box of childhood memories or leave the nostalgia tucked away at the back of your mind? Announced earlier this year, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES -- we'll call it the Mini NES from here on out -- is packed with 30 "classic" games from the...

  • Shadow Warrior 2 [PC] review: a shallow, mind-numbing spectacle

    Shadow Warrior 2 is a chaotic, violent first-person shooter that aims to revive the 1997 original with some modern flair. Its predecessor (2013) did a pretty good job as a present-day reboot, bringing back its fast-paced pandemonium in a time where shooters have become much more refined and realistic. This time around though, things feel a bit tired and rushed and one can only wonder where the passion has gone. Admittedly, it still provides us with a healthy dose of constant brain-numbing action, which might be enough reason for some to pick it up. But before you do, let’s take a...

  • WWE 2K17 [Xbox One] review: it’s not a Rock Bottom for the series

    Last year's WWE 2K16 is a tough act to follow, having substantially built upon the barebones foundation set by the first current-gen pro wrestling game. There was definitely room for improvement though, but between the plethora of little details and the Showcase Mode, it was a great experience for fans and lapsed fans alike. So it makes you wonder how the developers would move forward with WWE 2K17... Inside the squared circle In terms of actual gameplay, you're looking at pretty much the same experience as last year's video game. So that means a semi-realistic pace, a "tap/hold button for weak/strong...

  • LEGO Dimensions [PS4] review: the next big thing, or passing fad?

    Is LEGO Dimensions the next big thing? Well it's certainly the next thing that's going to bankrupt me! The Toys to Life concept isn't a new one. My eldest son for example is obsessed with Skylanders, and although he never really got into Disney Infinity, he absolutely loves LEGO so it seemed like a logical fit. In fact it was a huge hit. So much so that I'm planning his Xmas list around LEGO Dimensions add-ons. You'll need to follow instructions in order to build your pieces -- some of these are physical instructions and others are unlocked once you start...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Wileyfox Swift review: fantastic little floof

    You have R2500 sitting in your pocket for a phone. You don't fancy taking out a contract because hidden costs and flagship phones are ridiculous overkill. You're looking for a device that can snap the odd picture, send the odd message and looks like something a little more expensive. If that describes you, the Wileyfox Swift might be a good option. When the UK company launched last year I honestly thought "Oh God, not another smartphone company making the same old cheap Android crap, flooding the already stool-filled market with more drab". But thankfully, I was wrong, the Wileyfox Swift, even...

  • Alcatel Go Play review: get wet on a budget

    If you're in the market for a water-loving smartphone but your wallet isn't exactly enjoying its best years, the Alcatel Go Play might be your best bet. Aimed at the mid-tier market, the phone comes in at a modest R3199, and features most of the modern goodies a smartphone user requires. Sounds good on paper, doesn't it? Of course, while first impressions are everything, I did grow to enjoy my time with the Alcatel Go Play. Arguably, it's company's best device to hit the country in a long, long while. But that's just the surface. Let's take a deeper look at...

  • Better Late Than Never: we review Stardew Valley, Inside & Stellaris

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three very distinct and vastly different titles: the light-hearted and addictive Stardew Valley, the beautifully sinister Inside and Stellaris, an immersive and remarkably thorough space adventure. Stellaris Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy game that takes place in the year 2200, developed by Paradox Developent Studios, who are well known for their work in the grand strategy sphere. This is their first title that takes place in a futuristic ...