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Reviews

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: the best budget phablet in SA?

    Local Xiaomi distributor Mobile In Africa (MIA) is in a rather tight situation with the Redmi Note range. The firm launched the Redmi Note 2 (review) earlier this year, despite the Note 3 already being launched in China and a few other markets. At R2999, the Redmi Note 2 offers excellent value for money, but is the R3799 Note 3 that big of an improvement? What are you missing out on if you opt for the Note 2? We peel the curtain back on the Redmi Note 3. A thick, pleasant smartphone The first thing I noticed about the phone was how thick it...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [PS4] review: that unfinished feeling

    Game developer Eidos Montreal has finally released its latest edition to the Deus Ex franchise titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This widely anticipated game might not be all it's cracked up to be. But, it certainly tries its best. Mankind Divided incorporates the same gameplay mechanics as its predecessor Deus Ex: Human Revolution but doesn’t seem to be as impactful with regards to the story. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad game. The story of augmented apartheid Two years have gone by since the multiple endings to Human Revolution (no matter what ending you received, it doesn’t seem to affect...

  • WD Red 6TB drives review: seemingly bottomless storage

    Just a few years ago, hard drive capacities topped out at a lofty 2GB. They were about as big and bulky as their contemporaries, but somehow, they just couldn't remember as much. Rolling through the years though, it's 2016, and we have a slew of new tech fads and accessories to fuss over. But perhaps one of the most underrated remains the humble hard drive. Companies like WD still make a living selling these buggers to companies and individuals alike. As luck would have it, we make a living testing said products for companies and individuals. So, with that in mind,...

  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past review [3DS]: one of the best JRPGs ever

    There’s a distinct lack of traditional JRPGs in this modern age of re-invented consoles and hyper-realistic graphics. One series that has stayed true to its roots is Dragon Quest. Finally, after 16 years, English fans will be able to experience one of the most epic gaming tales ever: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. The game originally debuted on the PlayStation 1 and has now been remastered for the Nintendo 3DS console. Well, it's only just been localised for English audiences and was in fact released in Japan three years ago. Fans in the 'Western' market have been clamouring...

  • Dragon Quest I [Android] review: revisiting the forefather of JRPGs

    Before giving Dragon Quest I a go, I'd only ever previously played DQ VIII on the PlayStation 2, and that was brief foray into the series. Recently, I'd been looking for an old-school JRPG to play on the go and the DQ I remake on Android was the recommended port of call. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is a JRPG trope and cliché. Let me rephrase that: DQ I invented many JRPG tropes and clichés. From the game's "save the princess from the dragon" storyline to the endless grinding for levels, and overall fantasy theme. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is...

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [PS4] review: run away from your problems

    If you and your friends spent a late night recounting the great games of 2008, Mirror's Edge would likely feature somewhere in that conversation. It was a monumental title, back when shooting things in the face was fast becoming the norm. With its focus on mobility and physics rather than violence and machismo, it was a breath of fresh air. Eight years after its debut, its prequel/sequel/god-knows-what, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, is now setting PCs and consoles alight with deep eye-straining contrasts and primary colours. In many ways, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is much of the same, but that's also not to...

  • DOOM [Xbox One] review: Mars attacks

    After completing Doom 2016 a while ago, I’m still reeling from the experience. It's a new take on the franchise that kept me on the edge of my seat for many gameplay sessions. If this intro sounds like I’m lauding the game, that’s because I am. I really, really am. Let’s be honest here, if you wanted to play Doom then you’ve more than likely already gone out and bought it. For those of you still sitting on the fence, or waiting for an inevitable price drop, this is another review to salivate over. It’s difficult to find much wrong...

  • No Man’s Sky [PS4] review: infinite bore-fare

    I'm over 20 hours into No Man’s Sky's deep, dark universe and I’m still as lost as I was when I first started. I’m perfectly fine with that. No Man's Sky is a space exploration game that allows you find countless galaxies, and over 18-quintillion randomly-generated planets. Your main mission of the game? There isn't really any, but you are chiefly  encouraged to find the centre of your galaxy. No Man's Sky isn't a game that will baby you with tutorials but offers you just enough help to not feel like a newborn. The game's beautiful and vast world truly makes you...

  • Sony Xperia X review: it has the bark, but desperately lacks the bite

    The Sony Xperia X is in a rather confusing place right now. It wasn't immediately clear at launch whether it's a new Sony smartphone flagship or if it complements the long-running Sony Xperia Z lineup. If one thing is clear though, it's that Sony's phone has a high-end price and pseudo-flagship features. What are you getting for the price? The spec sheet doesn't tell the whole story, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what you're getting though. In terms of pure horsepower, you've got a fast but not top-flight Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and 3GB of RAM. So straight away, it's...

  • F1 2016 review round-up: the best F1 game in years?

    Last year's F1 2015 was the first Formula One title on current-generation consoles, offering a rather fantastic racing model and lovely visuals. Unfortunately, the game suffered from a lack of content, such as a proper career mode and game modes in general. Does F1 2016 deliver on this front though? Here's what the reviews are saying... The career mode gets some love Eurogamer's Martin Robinson gave the game a "recommended" badge, citing the title's ability to make all career sessions feel "meaningful". "The programmes themselves are mini-games that don't feel out of place amidst F1 2016's quest for realism. Simulate a qualifying run by hitting a...