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  • What do reviewers think of Homefront: The Revolution?

    It's usually a bad sign when there are no reviews out ahead of a major videogame's release. After all, if the publisher thinks the game is decent, they'd have the confidence to let it out in the wild, right? I was hoping that Homefront: The Revolution would buck the trend and actually be a worthwhile experience, but the first reviews are not pretty. In fact, they're rather damning. A lack of polish? Jim Sterling of The Jimquisition called the PC version "appalling" and gave it 1/10, lamenting the unfinished nature of the title. "Even if one were to get the game running with any modicum of...

  • Google I/O 2016: expect Android VR debut, Project Chirp & more [update]

    Update #1, 18 May, 10:00am: Updated Project Chirp information. Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. Google I/O is the company's biggest week of the year. Well, at least for developers. Each year, the company announces a slew of updates to its operating systems, releases some interesting new pieces of hardware, and plots its next 12 months. So what are we in store for this year? Google will almost certainly announce new details about its new version of Android, updates to its other operating systems, and preview some...

  • Nintendo NX: why the rumoured shift to cartridges would make sense

    Rumours have emerged this month that Nintendo is expected to ditch disc-based storage in favour of cartridges/cards for the Nintendo NX console. Whether it's true or not, a switch to flash-based cartridges isn't quite a backwards move. Sure, cartridges are more expensive to produce than discs and there might be potential obstacles regarding capacity, but we can think of a few reasons why Nintendo should go for it. Loading screens? What are those? One of the best things about the cartridge-toting N64 was just how few loading screens you saw in games. By comparison, the PlayStation 1 saw copious amounts of loading...

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...

  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 coming to consoles, PC before year-end

    Brace yourselves, because DIMPS (and Bandai Namco for that matter) isn't quite done with the Dragon Ball series just yet. Publisher Bandai Namco has announced that a sequel of its 2015 title Dragon Ball Xenoverse is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in the coming months. The lazily titled Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the game will likely be bigger than the original (in terms of digial square footage), and will probably also see the likes of Goku and company return to reprise their roles alongside a few new characters. Not much is known about the game thus far, but based...

  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’s getting another free map, new characters

    PopCap is doing a remarkable job with EA's sleeper hit of 2016. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a great game, with bags of content for players of all skill levels, but the developer has now announced that even more content is heading to PC and consoles as soon as mid-year. The next free DLC (following March's pack) will be dubbed Trouble in Zombopolis: Part One and will see a new map added to the game's Herbal Assault multiplayer mode. Related: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 review: meat and potatoes "In the streets of Zombopolis, Dr. Zomboss and the zombies are...

  • IGN acquires GameTrailers archive, YouTube channel

    In a spot of rather big gaming media news, IGN has announced that it has acquired the content of recently shuttered website GameTrailers. As part of the deal, IGN also acquired GameTrailers' YouTube channel, delivering the announcement via the channel itself. "Although GameTrailers.com is shutting down, IGN is committed to archiving GT's massive library. That means all the countdowns, retrospectives, reviews and original shows won't just disappear," GameTrailers co-founder Brandon Jones said in the video announcement. Related: GameTrailers closing down after 13 years Jones added that IGN would continue to update the YouTube channel with the latest trailers. The co-founder also shed more light on...

  • How and where to find retro games & consoles in South Africa

    When it comes to modern video games and consoles, we've got it pretty good in South Africa. Old-school gaming though? Well, that's a different story. It can be rather tough to find the likes of the Super Nintendo or SEGA Dreamcast if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to check out before going the Amazon/eBay route. The Gaming Source An online store, The Gaming Source was established in 2009, offering a variety of new and second-hand games and consoles for sale. The website's stock is rather varied, featuring current-generation products and the ever-important retro goodies. A quick visit to...

  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 review: meat and potatoes

    Foliage and carcasses. Thorns and fangs. Sparkly floating flowers and caped Elvis Presleys. This is the Plants vs Zombies series in a nutshell, a game franchise that taking the world by storm on console after it wasted so many working hours on mobile. I know, because I was one of the latter, nonchalantly blowing up zombies with potato mines when I should've been working. The latest game, subtitled Garden Warfare 2, is perhaps the best title in the series so far, and a testament to what the AAA games industry can do when it gets its shit together. For those...

  • PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: What’s the SA price breakdown?

    Missed the news? Microsoft will be increasing its Xbox Live rates to R159 a month, making for a massive increase compared to the current R50 a month rate. That got us thinking, though... How much does it cost for a Xbox One and PS4, along with the necessary items (i.e. extra controllers and online subscriptions)? Console In this department, we first opted to look at a console and game bundle, focusing only on the 1TB variants. So what did we find out? Well, BT Games stocks the 1TB Xbox One along with The Division for R5999. By comparison, Takealot has a limited special on a...