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  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past preview: a traditional 3DS JRPG for fans

    The latest release in the long-running Dragon Quest series isn't a new title, but rather a remaster. Originally launched on the PlayStation back in 2000, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past was released for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS market in 2013. The game is finally heading to Western audience and I'm currently in the midst of reviewing the title. But what of first impressions? Dragon Quest VII starts has you playing as a silent, nameable protagonist, along with some very characteristic childhood friends. Everyone lives on a planet with only one island and ocean as far as the eye...

  • Bound review: dance through your darkest dreams

    If shooting things in the face is your idea of a great gaming day, look away now, because Bound is a stark departure from your sadistic desires. With that said, though, the oddball game developed by Plastic Studios and Sony-owned Santa Monica Studio sure does ask a fair bit of questions about the gamer, regardless of your mental fortitude. But what does that mean, and what the hell does this game mean? I kept asking myself this throughout my playthrough and I still don't have a definitive answer. But can it even be called a game? According to the title's director,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delayed by three weeks in South Africa

    Those looking forward to standing in queues outside a Samsung store on 2 September will need to curb that enthusiasm. Samsung today announced that its new flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, will arrive in South Africa three weeks later than expected, on 23 September 2016. According to Samsung SA's integrated mobility director, Craige Fleisher, it's thanks to the device's "overwhelming" international demand. "The overwhelming global demand for the new and improved Galaxy Note 7 resulted in a flood of orders. Appropriation of the initial consignment has required us to relook the local availability date of the smartphone to ensure...

  • Nintendo issues takedown notices for fan-made Pokemon game

    It's been in the pipeline for nine years according to developers, but Nintendo has quickly acted on a new fan-made Pokemon game. Pokemon Uranium was released earlier this month, offering eight gyms, over 150 new species of Pokemon and online functionality. The game went on to be downloaded over 1.5 million times, the developers said. Unfortunately for them, Nintendo's legal team has issued several takedown notices. "While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply," the developers wrote in a statement on the Pokemon Uranium website. The team explained that they would no longer be providing download...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Final Fantasy XV delayed thanks to day-one patch

    For better or worse, day-one updates have become the norm over the past few years. In saying so, there are a few big disadvantages to taking this route. Arguably the biggest downside is that you need an internet connection to grab the update, along with plenty of data. After all, patches can often be several gigabytes in size. Fortunately for those without a decent connection, Square Enix has opted to delay Final Fantasy XV's 30 September release in order to incorporate the day one update. Game director Hajime Tabata broke the news in a video uploaded to the Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel. "Our...

  • Play Halo, Forza on airplanes with the Xbook One S laptop

    You might remember our older posts about portable Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, fit with bespoke flip screens in a laptop form factor. The man behind those, Ed Zarick, is back again with his latest invention. The Xbook One S is everything you'd expect it to be, based on Microsoft's newer, slightly quicker Xbox One S console. But Zarick decided that it just didn't offer the user enough. Related: The PlayBox shoves a PS4, Xbox One into one portable DIY system As a result, he took one of these beauties, slapped a flat-screen monitor on it, reworked the chassis, and turned...

  • Huawei Mate 9 images leak, to possibly introduce Kirin 960

    Great news, phablet fans. New images and fresh specs have leaked detailing what could be the Huawei Mate 9. Chinese publication Juggly obtained two interesting snaps from Weibo that look a lot like a Huawei device in sheep's clothing, fit with typical Mate-like lines and dimensions. Specs suggest that a 5.9-inch screen will front the device boasting a swathe of 1920x1080 pixels. There's also the rumoured inclusion of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, boasting a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage. Beyond that, the phone will sport a 16MP rear camera, and not dual-lenses like...

  • No Man’s Sky ‘not worth $60’, in messy state on PC

    Steam users have taken to negatively reviewing No Man's Sky after the game's release on PC. The company launched the game on Steam on Friday, but users have been complaining about crashes, glitches and the game in general. Consequently, the game is sitting at "mixed" overall user reviews. "This game is not worth US$60. Props to the small dev team for making something as clever as they did, but it's not US$60 clever," wrote Steam user gehsekky in a review. User jlm4us criticised the lack of depth for the price point as well. "Even if the game didn’t constantly crash, even if the FPS...

  • Reigns and Train Conductor World: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn’s Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Just put down Pokemon Go if you aren't sick of it already, because we've got some good mobile gaming picks this week. Our favourite games this time are Reigns and Train Conductor World, with four titles in total to be had. The Manga Works (Android, iOS) Prolific mobile game developer Kairosoft is back with another management game, this time, taking place in the world of manga comics. The game has you starting out as a...