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Reviews

  • 5 games from rAge 2014 that left us saying ‘more please’

    A weekend of rAge (god damn, I hate how that’s spelled) mayhem has come and gone, leaving many gamers’ hands pain-stricken, stiff and their hearts filled with lust for forthcoming titles. Although there was a ridiculous array of new releases to choose from, one couldn’t quite play them all. But because there were so many, how on earth could you pick which to play? It’s okay, but if you didn’t play these five games, you weren’t doing rAge correctly. These are the pick of the bunch, the five titles that left a lasting impression on me and everyone who seemingly...

  • LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

    I’ve never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it’s an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I’m an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I’ve been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it’s called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it’s both comfortable and styled like a robot’s necklace), LG’s Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Excellent audio The best feature of the Tone Pro is...

  • Hyrule Warriors review (Wii U): a hack and slash masterpiece

    Hyrule Warriors, the latest release for Nintendo’s Wii U gaming console, proves that with just a little bit of faith its beloved franchises will be safe when placed in the right hands. Koei Tecmo has done a masterful job of fusing the design, story, and characters of the Zelda universe with the exciting gameplay of Dynasty Warriors. Without giving too much away, Hyrule Warriors features a typical Zelda story where the princess is kidnapped and Link is in charge of finding and rescuing her. Link discovers that a great evil has spread across the realm of Hyrule and it is up to...

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

    “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you wouldn’t even know that you’re not playing a big budget, AAA-title. Story Time TVEC is immediately mysterious. This First-Person-Mystery-Solving-Adventure-Game (a long...

  • iOS 8 review: incremental iDevice improvements

    Apple announced iOS 8 during WWDC 2014 and was released to the public two days ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. One thing that you must know is that iOS 8 doesn’t bring any drastic changes that we’ve come to know from iOS 7, which brought a complete new UI design. The design of the latest update is largely based on iOS 7’s new flat and colourful design theme. iOS 8 is more about adding subtle changes and refinements to existing features but the most interesting bit about iOS 8 is that Apple is finally opening up to third-party...

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS review: knockout king

    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (yes, that’s its actual name) is what those in the business call “extremely fun”. It’s an incredibly varied, accessible and detailed fighter with more than 50 characters, lovingly crafted to look and feel like the games they’ve been pinched from. Pikachu squeaks when it launches a lightening bolt. Link of Legend of Zelda fame yells as he whirlwinds towards Mario, and Sonic whizzes with the gusto of his Sega Genesis days. Super Smash Bros. is, most of all, a nostalgia trip down the long and storied road of Nintendo’s past and present successes. This game is...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn’t even seek too far up...

  • ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ PC review: anime fan service

    The Legend of Naruto Uzumaki continues with Cyber Connect 2’s Nacruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, the latest installment of the Ultimate Ninja Series. It was released on 16 September, less than a year after its predecessor, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (damn, these titles are long). So what has changed, if anything at all? Is this really a new game or just a slightly repackaged re-release? The answers a muddy “maybe”. What’s new? “This time we’ve completely revamped the battle system,” says Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of Cyber Connect 2. So what makes Revolution different than its predecessors? Well, to...

  • 23.6″ AOC 72 Series Multi-touch Monitor review: more gimmicky than good

    I have a love/hate relationship with touchscreen monitors. I have a touchscreen, all-in-one computer at home that works incredibly well for my son, because it’s easy for him to navigate, but I don’t think I’ve ever used the touchscreen capabilities myself. Well maybe once, but I prefer the feel of a mouse and keyboard as a general rule. The R5999 23.6″ AOC 72 Series Multi-Touch Monitor on the other hand, connects to an ordinary computer or laptop, providing touchscreen functionality to pretty much anything. It’s a 10-point multi-touch monitor that works best with operating systems like Windows 8, which was...

  • Dead Rising 3 (PC) review: hyper-addictive zombie bashing muddied by console nonsense

    In recent times, the zombie phenomenon has skyrocketed and it has left our jaws dropped with the mountain of absolute crap that it has inspired. Thankfully, Dead Rising 3 has proudly brought back some honour to this mostly exhausted theme and reinstates our love for the air-headed flesh eaters. Get ready to lay waste to your zombie opponents with an arsenal of uniquely creative weapons and vehicles, continuing the traditional essence of the Dead Rising series. Story time  Welcome to the city of Los Perdidos, a place once alive with the buzz of people and dreams of the future. But now,...