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Reviews

  • BioShock: The Collection [Xbox One] review: whose your Big Daddy?

    Saying the Bioshock series is widely loved and highly regarded is an understatement. The trilogy was a darling of the previous gaming generation and one the fans still rave about. Now, Irrational Games has brought the series to the current generation of consoles, but will long-time fans find anything new here? From the outside, the Bioshock trilogy is a mix of horror, beauty, and all-out death. All of the games have you taking on the role of an almost lone hero as you mow down foe after foe with a range of weapons and special powers. They're dark, gritty, and cartoony...

  • Forza Horizon 3 review: a tour de Forza?

    Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One represented one of the high water marks for racing on console. Combining a more forgiving Forza handling model with Test Drive Unlimited, Burnout Paradise and the older Need for Speed games, the result was a racing title that just about anyone could get into. Toss in those fun prize spins, the Drivatar system and some lush European environments, and you've got a title any Xbox One owner should have in their library. So when Playground Studios announced Forza Horizon 3, I couldn't help but wonder whether the title was just going to be Forza Horizon 2.5... New...

  • Quest of Dungeons review [3DS]: brutal roguelike gaming on the go

    Indie game Quest of Dungeons, from Upfall Studios, has finally made its way to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U after being released on a range of other platforms. With so many AAA titles out this month, is Quest of Dungeons really worth your time? Quest of Dungeons is a roguelike RPG that has you venturing through randomly generated dungeons in order to defeat an end-game boss. The story is simplistic in a "kill the bad guy" kind of way, and you don't need anything deeper than that. It does come with two pre-created stories and a random mode, but I feel as...

  • The Tomorrow Children [PS4] review: splendid child labour

    Have you ever played a game so confusing, so convoluted and so downright odd that you haven't a clue what to feel, think or do afterwards? That's my problem after sinking a good 15 hours into The Tomorrow Children -- easily the strangest game you'll play on the PlayStation 4 this year. Or perhaps ever. It's weird. It's unbelievably pointless. But it's also strangely addictive. But that barely paints a corner of this game's canvas. But before I sink my teeth into why I can't quite plot this title on 2016's gaming map, let's start with the basics. Welcome to the Void, comrade The...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 reviewed: this Redmi Blewmi away

    The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro arguably represents the best bang for your buck in the South African smartphone sector. At R1899, you got a budget-minded but still capable Snapdragon 410 chip and 2GB of RAM, an 8MP/2MP camera pairing and 16GB of expandable storage. So does the Redmi 3 actually meet the benchmark set by the Redmi 2 Pro or is the old phone still king? Let's dive into the hardware first. Hardware and specs The Xiaomi Redmi 3 represents a notable step up from its predecessor on paper, starting off with the internals. There's a mid-range Snapdragon 616 chip (eight A53 cores)...

  • ReCore review [Xbox One]: more like ReBore

    Microsoft’s latest "Windows 10 and Xbox One" exclusive, ReCore, is a title that not only showed promise, but one that had gamers salivating when it first appeared at E3 2015. The final product is anything but a steaming pile of garbage. ReCore’s story stars Joule -- a clever pun for the game -- who wakes up to find that she’s the only person on a desert planet. Well, it may be a desert, but it’s not deserted. The world is inhabited by all sorts of robots who were supposed to be terraforming the land to make it, basically, the next Earth. Our...

  • Game Jolt Vault: Dystopixelia, Night Blights & The Very Organized Thief

    “Game Jolt Vault” is a new series where Gearburn explores and reviews the vast wealth of titles hidden within one of the web’s largest indie game depositories, gamejolt.com. If you’re tired of paying half your wages on games, waiting for massive downloads or playing games that seem all too familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. Indie developers and their titles are the champions that will lead the world of gaming into the future. It is their ingenuity and creativity that will change the landscape of gaming and provide us with unique virtual experiences to enjoy. All the games featured...

  • Virginia [PC] review: interactive cinema at its finest

    I’ve started writing this review mere moments after I’ve finished Virginia. Its eerie yet beautiful experience still lingers within my mind, my thoughts a distorted amalgam of “why’s” and “what if’s”. What have I just experienced? I honestly have no idea, but I liked it. Or rather I’ve spent the last two hours immersed in one of the most captivating and beautifully bizarre digital experiences I’ve encountered… and I absolutely loved every second of it. Virginia is a narrative-driven first-person mystery game created by Variable State Games. The story takes place over the course of a few days in a fictionalized...

  • LG X Cam review: is one big feature enough?

    LG hasn't always had the easiest time in the smartphone space. Consistently overshadowed by Samsung, its chief Korean rival, the company just hasn't managed to build a device that truly excites the market. While its latest mid-range offering -- the LG X Cam -- is very good, it's unlikely to change that. Then again, that probably isn't the idea. Instead, the LG X Cam is part of the wider X Series. This is an LG strategy which involves betting that as long as the rest of the device works as desired, people will be sold on an individual feature. In the...

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...