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Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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...