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  • Uncharted 4 preview: the necessity of narrative, the bonus of beauty

    I'm not a huge fan of Nathan Drake (that's right, let's start this piece on a bombshell). In fact, I think he's among the most annoying, arrogant and apathetic characters in gaming, at least judging by the previous instalments of the Uncharted series. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End goes on sale this week, and we can only imagine how excited the host of PlayStation aficionados are. Naughty Dog and Sony are probably fairly giddy too, because this is easily the biggest PlayStation launch of the year (sorry Bloodborne). But the real question is, is the game worth picking up at launch?...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution

    Unarguably the most popular high-end Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is pretty much guaranteed to sell by the bucket load. On paper, this year's edition looks like the equivalent of an "iPhone Xs"; that is, it's an evolution of last year's design as opposed to an all-new approach to the formula. Are the phones worthy of a purchase though or did Samsung just play it too safe? Design You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this phone and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which is fine because the S6 Edge featured a rather pleasant design. Boasting that glass back,...

  • Watch Battlefield 1’s reveal trailer in all its pre-rendered glory

    In a surprising turn of events, last week EA revealed that a new Battlefield title is on its way and that it will be set during the first World War. It's name? Battlefield 1. Yup, it'll cover an era that isn't often tackled compared to World War 2, the Cold War, and beyond. Silly name aside, the pre-rendered cinematics and action look amazing. Hey, let's not kid ourselves here: the game probably won't look as good as this when it's out. Running on the Frostbite 3 engine, it looks like there will be classic aerial dogfights, tanks, spades, battleships, and blimps. Battlefield 1 is...

  • Blizzard extends Overwatch beta as ‘thank you’ to players

    Players indulging in Overwatch, Blizzard's promising online hero shooter, can look forward to spending a little more time with the game this week. The company has announced via Battle.net that the beta will not close today, Monday 9 May, as previously scheduled, but will be extended by a day. This means that the beta will now shutter Tuesday 10 May at 7pm SAST. For those in the States, that's 10am Pacific. And in terms of Blizzard's thoughts on the beta, it seems that it has all the information it needs before launch: Over the last week, we've also had the opportunity to listen...

  • This Tunisian mobile game awards players actual cows

    Farmville (remember it?) was a huge planetary hit on Facebook and mobiles back when everyone used the former, but a new Tunisian-based game is taking the whole gaining crops and livestock idea very seriously. A game called Bagra is handing out free cows to its very best players, and by very best we mean players who can steal other digital cows from other players' herds without having theirs knicked in return. According to Tuniscope -- the local publication that first reported on the app -- claims that a cow called Pamela has already been awarded to the winners. But it's not...

  • Nvidia GTX 1080 faster than a Titan X, costs nearly half as much

    Nvidia has finally outed its 10 series of graphics processors, and on paper at least it was definitely worth the wait. The two new cards -- the Nvidia GTX 1080 and Nvidia GTX 1070 -- both outperform the Titan X, use less power and cost much, much less, according to Nvidia's claims. This is mainly down to the company's new Pascal architecture, which boasts a reduced GPU die size, increasing performance while requiring less from the wall socket. Even Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's calling this marked jump in graphics thrust an "irresponsible levels of performance." Key numbers -- Nvidia GTX 1080: Architecture/Process: Pascal...

  • 9 awesome gadgets and gift ideas for mom this Mother’s Day

    Sunday 8 May 2016. It's the day that we'll honour the most important people in our lives -- our mothers. Yep, it's Mothers Day, and what better way to celebrate their existence than to get them something extremely geeky and cool? Here at Gearburn, we've been known to find the odd and pretty cool geeky gift from time to time, so if you're in need of some ideas, be it genuine possibilities or mere inspiration, take a look at our last minute techie Mothers Day gifts below. TomTom Go500 Getting lost in South Africa is pretty easy, but as the Jimmy Carr...

  • Windows 10: free upgrade ends 29 July, costs $119 thereafter

    There's some big Windows 10 news in the wild today, so let's get right into it. Microsoft's latest operating system is slowly eking towards its one billion devices in three years target, as 300-million machines are now using the OS, according to the company's CVP of Windows, Yusuf Medhi. That's quite a large number, but according to Net Applications represents only about 15% of the world's desktop PCs. Note, that the 300-million figure does include all devices though (smartphones, tablets, elevators, etc). "We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster...

  • Space Hulk review: a digital board game lacking refinement

    Adapting board games into video games should be an easy process, or so you'd think. All of the rules and mechanics are laid out before you and what you'd really need to do is put it into a presentable, easy to understand, and appealing package. Unfortunately, Space Hulk didn't get the memo on this one The game is a digital version of the popular (limited print run) board game series from Warhammer 40K creator, Games Workshop. It's a turn-based title that has you commanding a squad of elite Terminators -- basically enhanced superhuman fighting machines -- as they complete missions. Each...

  • Check out the launch trailer for Doom’s single-player mode

    After what seems like forever, we're finally getting our hands on a new Doom game. Yes, on 13 May it'll be time for shotguns, carnage, and all out violence -- and we're not talking about Parliment. Clocking in at just over a minute, the trailer shows off some story tidbits, including the old Doom hero's suit that's become a shrine. It also features a range of monsters and some of the weapons you'll use to plough your way through them. Hey, there's even a robot that ominously says, "You've returned," and, "The old flesh and blood to walk between dimensions, between...