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Reviews

  • Batman: Return to Arkham [Xbox One] review: at least it doesn’t have Jared Leto

    When Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studios released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, it blew away the minds of gamers around the world. It was the first true Batman video game. The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, released two years later to another collective of blown minds, upped the ante compared to the original. Now, updated versions of the games have been released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but does the Dark Knight strike again, or is this collection just a Killing Joke? The story behind both games is simple enough and they share basic plot ideas. Something has gone wrong in Arkham...

  • LG V20 review: the definitive live gig smartphone?

    The LG G5 (review) was a rare misstep of sorts for the South Korean firm, delivering an innovative but ultimately flawed design and pricey add-ons that weren't readily available at launch. But the LG V20 seems to take a step back from the drastically over-engineered G5, being a refinement in many areas and introducing meaningful improvements at first glance. Hardware The biggest change is that LG has dropped the innovative but ultimately unpolished gun magazine slot seen on the G5. Instead, the phone mimics the Samsung Omnia 7 and uses a removable aluminium back that pops off thanks to a button on the side....

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition [Xbox One] review: old familiar

    Five years after its initial release, Bethesda has re-released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on current generation consoles (and PC once more) with a new lick of paint. Is this the RPG you should be picking up for the holiday season, or throwing it into a dragon's hellfire? If you're reading this then there's a good chance you've already played some of Skyrim. In fact, you probably just want to know if it's worth the extra cash for this "upgraded" version. Let’s get one thing straight: this is identical to 2013's release of Skyrim: Legendary Edition in content. It includes the base...

  • 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...