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  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) review: fun-tastic

    Games take themselves too seriously. Between the serious death and destruction of Mass Effect, Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare, games like Hotline Miami, Sunset Overdrive and yes, the titular Shadow Warrior stand out as titles that just wanna have fun. So I’m here to tell you that Shadow Warrior, a remake of a fairly racist Nineties classic by 3D Realms, is fantastic fun. Here’s a game that doesn’t take itself seriously for even a split-second, even while you’re spinning through crowds of exploding demons with a fiery Katana. (As an aside, is Devolver Digital the best games publisher of...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare meta-review: a return to form

    Today’s the day: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases and there’s a few reviews currently out and about. Is this the next-generation shooter we’ve all been hoping for? Let’s see what these lucky publications have to say (spoiler alert: the game’s good): Let’s begin with Joe Anderson’s review (on PS4), off the lesser-known site ShopTo.net. In Anderson’s opinion, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a solid return to form, with excellent use of the new EXO suit, lifelike graphics and addictive multiplayer. The new shooter isn’t going to convert non-fans though. “Whether Advanced Warfare is for you or not will be down...

  • Hardware hack of the day: make ice-cold candy from fridges’ ice dispenser

    We’ve seen some ridiculous hardware hacks on YouTube in the past, featuring mega-consoles and X-Men-inspired Wolverine claws but this is at least something that everyone with a fridge (and no need for an ice dispenser) can attempt. YouTuber Deric Peace decided that his fridge’s practical ice dispenser was too traditional, sensible and healthy for his Halloween plans. So, being a hardware hacker on the internet, he filled it with candy. The result? A continuous stream of ice cold, thirst quenching candies and confectioneries. We’re not sure how Peace has done it — he doesn’t exactly lay out any plans, unfortunately, or if...

  • This fanny-pack computer translates doggie body language

    A new device, trialed by North Carolina State University, hopes to enhance communication between us and our furry friends, which could find uses in a multitude of situations. The fanny pack loaded with a computer the size of a “deck of cards” sits on the dog’s back and harnessed for added stability (should you throw that stick a little too far). It might sound ridiculous, but the backpack will allow humans and dogs to communicate more effectively, which could benefit ordinary potty training to search and rescue missions. Perhaps the most obvious application would be for us with guide dogs. “Dogs...

  • Battlefield vs Call of Duty: and the victory goes to…

    In much the same way as we see a yearly iteration of most sports games, we also see regular releases of Call of Duty and Battlefield. Because they are of a similar nature, quite naturally there is a certain amount of rivalry between the two, and an associated fanaticism that accompanies its release. Call of Duty is a shooter characterised by a history of memorable characters and single player campaigns, as well as fun and addictive multiplayer gameplay. Battlefield is specifically known for its innovative multiplayer maps, and the freedom to play in whichever way suits you. And so we’ve decided to...

  • Count Super Mario, not sheep: Nintendo announces sleep-monitoring device

    This is not a Nintendo article about how well it’s suddenly doing, this is a story about sleep, and how Nintendo wants to monitor our resting time. Nintendo will in fact, make sleeping fun again as it introduces its very own sleep-monitoring device, according to Reuters. Earlier this week, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata took to the stage to announce the company’s first sleep-monitoring device (coming before March 2016), developed in partnership with ResMed Inc. Does this mean we’ll be counting jumping Mario’s instead of sheep? Nintendo already has a few fitness devices already cluttering up living rooms, like the Wii Balance...

  • Live-action ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ video brings the hype

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches 4 November, or next week Tuesday. While pre-orders may be 40% lower than last year, the Peter Berg directed effort (Hancock) kicks major ass. The trailer officially launched last night in the U.S. and pretty much replicates the feel of the latest Call of Duty, if not the graphics (yet). There’s a considerable amount of spoiler-ey content in the video, as it expands on the incredible technology Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare plans to offer. Rocket packs, cyborg punches, scanning grenades, magnetic tether gloves, it’s the kitchen-sink approach and we like it. The last video,...

  • ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ review: nothing is normal

    With such an unusual name, you can expect a unique game. That is exactly what the new Borderlands is, and in the best way possible. Shoot n’ loot your way across the desolate but flamboyant landscape of Elpis and witness the rise of Handsome Jack from a sharp-tongued coward into an even more sarcastic ultra-villain. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (BLPS), awkwardly nestled between its predecessors, stays true to the odd but winning recipe of excessive bizarreness but does not come without its new twists and turns that keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. This role-playing shooter is one that is sure...

  • Microsoft Band is a cross-platform fitness coach with sensors galore

    After what seems like months of speculation and rumours, Microsoft has finally outed its smart wearable to the world and well, its lazily named. The “Microsoft Band” claims its tiny piece of the overcrowded wearables market by working with all major mobile operating systems, and we love Microsoft for this. Android, iOS and Windows Phone are all compatible with the wristwear, while retailing for a considerably scant US$200. Sensors galore Although the device looks more like a futuristic festival pass, it harbours some interesting features, including the “Intelligence Engine”, or Cortana’s mute little text-projecting sibling. The band hasn’t a speaker, so any...

  • PS Plus November lineup leaks: includes ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’, ‘Escape Plan’ and ‘Luftrausers’

    It’s that time of the month again when the free PlayStation Plus games are leaked. What’s on the cards for November? We’ve got the full list of games below, as well as a leaky games lineup video care of All Trailers. Remember, you’ll need an active PS Plus subscription to play these or any “free” games downloaded in the past. Without PS Plus, your games are locked behind Sony’s paywall. PS4 The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and Steamworld Dig. PS3 Luftrausers and  Frozen Synapse Prime. PS Vita Escape Plan and The Hungry Horde.