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  • Sony Xperia Z5 review: a show jumping workhorse

    I need to state up front that I am a Sony Xperia Brand Ambassador. I don't want to be accused of hiding it so I'm being very open about that fact right off the bat. This post is also not sponsored by Sony in any way. Now that that's out of the way, there's also a reason I agreed to be a Brand Ambassador for Sony Xperia. The Xperia range, while not without faults, is a damn good series of smartphones and the Sony Xperia Z5 is no different. There are three phones in the Z5 range -- the Sony Xperia...

  • Amazon Japan now ships video games to South Africa (at a price)

    There's a range of Japanese titles that never get released in the West for various reasons. Up until now, most used Play-Asia for their import needs, but Amazon Japan has been quietly allowing overseas customers to purchase these titles. That's right, unlike its American counterpart you can now ship those glorious Japan-only titles to your South African address. The findings came from a few users over on NeoGAF. You'll finally be able to pick up all of those PS Vita games that never see the light of day here. That is if you haven't sold your Vita by now. Customers will need to...

  • Quantum Break is getting its own novel: read an excerpt here

    Besides the video game and TV series-like videos, the upcoming Quantum Break video game will also have a tie-in novel. The book is written by Remedy Entertainment's Cam Rogers. Entitled Quantum Break: Zero State, the novel will follow the events of the game, and with most tie-ins, should give a different perspective on events. The novel introduces protagonist Jack Joyce and Paul Serene as they're caught in a life or death situation while recounting events from the previous evening. It also introduces two new characters, Zed and Aberfoyle. Here's a sample snippet: “Stop checking behind us. It makes us look nervous.” Jack tried for a reassuring smile. “I trust...

  • Layers of Fear review: enter the sinister

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to play an Early Access version of Layers of Fear, a narrative driven first-person horror title created by Polish developer Blooper Team SA. Even though it was still in development, the game already boasted tremendous polish, and provided me with one of the most remarkable horror experiences I’ve had in gaming. Needless to say, when I discovered that Blooper Team had released their final version of Layers of Fear in February 2016, I couldn‘t wait to return to this artfully demented experience. But how would it hold up against my first experience? Could...

  • Mario & Sonic head for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Nintendo 3DS

    In following release tradition, Mario and Sonic will be attending the Olympics once more in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The game ties into the Games of the XXXI Olympia taking place in Rio de Janeiro. The game will feature the 14 standard Olympic events, including golf for the first time in 112 years, and 14 special Plus Events. These new Plus events are variations on the likes of archery, swimming, and 100m dash, but with the use of powerups and other mechanics. It will include 20 new and returning characters from past titles, which gives players access...

  • eSports is coming to SuperSport, starting with IEM World Championship

    We're nowhere near April Fools Day just yet, so SuperSport's latest press release is definitely not a joke. The Naspers-owned company has today announced that it will be airing eSports alongside its football, rugby and cricket packages, beginning this week. And nope, you did not read that incorrectly. "Local research indicates that eSports will soon become ubiquitous, especially with Generation-Zers who grew up on gaming devices and cellphones," the company explained in a press release. This marks a massive turning point for the perception eSports in the country, considering that the company boasts broadcast rights to a vast selection of sport, from...

  • Microsoft kills Fable Legends, mulls Lionhead Studios closure

    In a blog post today, Microsoft has announced the cancellation of Fable Legends and are in talks with employees over the closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. The post was written by general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, Hanno Lemke. Along with the game, the company is also closing down Press Play studios in Denmark and ceasing development on Project Knoxville. In the post, Lemke says the decision was not made lightly and is not a reflection on the development teams. Fable Legends was to be the next title in the Fable series, this time incorporating a heavier multiplayer element with...

  • SEGA Mega Drive console with 80-built in games now available in SA

    Arguably one of the best video game consoles ever made, the SEGA Mega Drive (or Genesis) has lived in the heart of gamers since the mid-nineties. These days it's not easy to get hold of one, that is until now. At Games' revised SEGA Mega Drive is now available in South Africa, Apex Interactive announced. The console itself is much smaller than the original Mega Drive or even the much smaller Genesis 3. Due to its lack of expansion ports, don't expect it to be able to utilise the SEGA CD add-on. It does include two smaller-factor wireless controllers and includes two...

  • Alcatel OneTouch 2004C review: respect your elders

    If you're reading this from the comfort of your smartphone screen, you might not know that feature phones are still a thing. In the ultra-budget market, they remain a more simple and affordable alternative to their smarter cousins. That's not to say that feature phones of 2016 can only send SMSes and make calls. The Alcatel OneTouch 2004C is a great example, boasting Bluetooth, a rear camera and even a microSD card slot. But its target audience isn't what you'd expect. The phone's gunning for those hard of hearing, hard of sight, and practically anyone who doesn't know what a...

  • Weekend News Recap – 7 March: Uncharted 4 beta, Ray Tomlinson dies and HTC 10 leaks

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 5-6 March Edition. Most read articles last week Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans PlayStation 4 firmware 3.50 Musashi: the features you can expect Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal’s world maps are strangely similar Although Sony pushed back the launch date of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End once again,...