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Reviews

  • LG G6 review: what’s the G5 anyway?

    "This feels distinctly unLG." Those were my first thoughts upon seeing and holding the LG G6 back in February. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as the last couple of years have seen the company deliver a variety of weird and whacky hardware flourishes. There was the LG G4 and its faux leather back (a design choice I really like, by the way). Then there was the G Flex 2 and its flexible design, replete with self-repairing back, powered by the furnace that was the Snapdragon 810. But LG pressed on and took a step too far by our reckoning, with...

  • Better Late Than Never: we review ‘Night in the Woods’ and ‘The Bucket Detective’

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at two vastly different titles, both connected by their unique approaches to gaming: the breathtakingly beautiful Night in the Woods and the severely bizarre Bucket Detective. Night in the Woods Night in the Woods (NITW) is an incredible game. There’s just no other way of putting it. From the moment I entered its enchanting world to the very last, I was absolutely captivated. Spell-binding music scores accompany gorgeous visuals,...

  • Lego Worlds [Xbox One] review

    During my final play session of Lego Worlds, the game stopped my character dead in his tracks from exploring as it had to load the rest of the area. What was I doing at the time that triggered this problem? Trying to get a plane off of the ground in order to explore the world, but it crashed into an invisible wall mid-level. That was the last time I played Lego Worlds. Developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Brothers, Lego Worlds is a game that strays from most previous Lego titles. It discards licenses like Star Wars or...

  • Ghost Recon Wildlands [PS4] review: it’s ok, I guess

    Ubisoft's latest offering Ghost Recon: Wildlands tries its best to scrap with other releases such as Nier Automata (review) and Horizon Zero Dawn, which have attracted many gamers already. So why should you spend money on Ghost Recon: Wildlands then? Before I begin this review, it's worth pointing out that I started it immediately after finishing Horizon Zero Dawn, so it was indeed tough to review after finishing such a refreshingly new IP. Wildlands surprised me somewhat. Its antagonist's striking monologue in the opening makes you feel like you're about to be psychologically terrorised by a mind that seems far greater than they're letting on. Unfortunately,...

  • Moto Z Play review: does it need to play in traffic?

    The Moto Z managed to succeed where Google's Project Ara and LG's G5 failed, by delivering a phone with easy to use Moto Mod add-ons. Sure, it wasn't nearly as ambitious as replacing processors and RAM like Project Ara, but it was certainly a more elegant solution than LG's 2016 device. Lenovo also revealed the Moto Z Play at the tail-end of last year, featuring a not-quite-affordable-but-still-cheaper-than-the-flagship R9000 price tag. But is Moto Z Play worth a buy, then? Hardware design If there's one thing to say about the Moto Z Play, it's that it's a peculiar handset in the design department....

  • Frostrune [PC] review: beautiful in every way

    Frostrune is a captivating point-and-click adventure developed by Norwegian developers, Grimnir Media, set in a world heavily inspired by Norse and Viking mythology. I honestly can't recall the last time I encountered a game so gorgeous it took my breath away. From the ethereal beauty of its music and hand painted artwork to the hypnotic charm of its narrative, Frostrune is an experience that will linger in my mental recesses for quite some time to come. It is the summer of 965. You take on the role of a thirteen year old girl (who remains nameless for most of the game)...

  • Review diary: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Week Two]

    The latest game in The Legend of Zelda series makes for a rather interesting, albeit not unprecedented, situation. During its development, Nintendo decided that the Wii U title should come to the Nintendo Switch as well. It's not the first time that we've seen Nintendo make this decision for a Zelda game, with 2006's Twilight Princess launching on both GameCube and Wii. But Breath of the Wild is far more ambitious than Twilight Princess, owing to its wide-open world, free-form exploration and the constraints of Nintendo's new console. Week one - it's influenced by a lot of franchises I managed to spend...

  • LeEco Le 2 review: it’s a great phone but don’t buy it

    Chinese brand LeEco has quickly made a name for itself in the smartphone world, having entered the sector in earnest back in 2015. We saw the firm reveal the first USB Type-C handsets in the form of the LeTV Le 1 range, followed by the second-generation devices, dropping headphone jacks before Apple. On paper, these smartphones seem to pack great specs into an affordable package, evoking Xiaomi in many ways. What about real-world usage though? We reviewed the once-Takealot-exclusive LeEco Le 2. AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Our first review unit issued questionable adult ads in the notification tray, which seems to stem from the preinstalled...

  • Huawei Mate 9 review: the P10 is coming soon

    The Huawei Mate 8 (review) was a pretty good phablet upon its release, delivering a powerful chipset, capable camera and that long-lasting battery. The P9 (review) stepped things up in the camera department, delivering a well-received dual-camera setup, but falling a little short in the battery department (it was still good though), compared to the Mate device. Now, with Huawei's Mate 9 available in South Africa, we've got a Mate device that manages to combine a large battery and dual-camera setup. So is this the best of both worlds or a disappointment? Let's get on with the review... It's definitely got the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...