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  • Super Mario Run hit 40 million downloads in four days

    By now you know that Super Mario Run has become the latest mobile gaming sensation, but just how successful is Nintendo's first proper mobile game? The company revealed that the game has been downloaded over 40 million times in four days. "We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded 40 million downloads worldwide in four days. In addition, Super Mario Run ranks first in the App Store free game ranking in 140 countries and regions..." Nintendo of Japan announced (thanks, Google Translate).  Apple's Phil Schiller said that Super Mario Run broke the previous App Store download record, congratulating the company for the...

  • Dishonored 2 gets New Game Plus mode this week

    We really enjoyed Dishonored 2 (review), being a worthy follow-up to the excellent 2012 original. It's not perfect though, as the lack of a New Game Plus mode was one of our criticisms. Fortunately, Arkane Studios has issued a crucial update (dubbed Game Update 1) for the title this week, bringing New Game Plus to the stealth-action title. "Unlocked once you complete Dishonored 2 with either Emily or Corvo, New Game Plus lets you begin anew with either character, but this time you’ll have access to the full suite of abilities from both of the game's heroes," publisher Bethesda wrote on...

  • Farming Simulator 17 [Xbox One] review: Old MacDonald had a clunky farm

    There’s pretty much a game for everyone. From simulating railroads and buses to dating pigeons. For those of with a green thumb and a lack of imagination, there's Farming Simulator 2017. For those of you who have played games with farming aspects, such as Harvest Moon or even Minecraft, the Farming Simulator series is a whole lot different. In fact, it's an incredibly deep simulation tool with some odd (read:bland) design choices. If you're not willing to sink hours of your life selling freshly harvested wheat to bakeries, then this may not be for you. Did you expect this to have...

  • Line Defense and Oceanhorn: 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. It might be the height of the festive season, but we're still scouring the web for great mobile games. So what did we find? We've got four picks in this edition, with Line Defense and Oceanhorn's Android port being my personal standouts. Scroll down for all of them. Oceanhorn (paid - Android, iOS) It's been out on iOS, PC and console, but Oceanhorn has finally launched on Android as well. The action/RPG is unabashedly inspired...

  • Buying a 360 camera? Keep these tips in mind before splashing out

    2016 has been the year of virtual reality, by many accounts. But 360 photography has also seen some notable growth alongside VR technology. 360 photography on smartphones is generally a very painful endeavour, but we're seeing quite a few dedicated 360 cameras these days. So what should you keep in mind when choosing a camera? We've got a few pointers for you... Storage One of the biggest factors for 360 cameras is storage space and expansion. Generally speaking, the most popular consumer-level 360 cameras opt for microSD storage instead of internal space. This is the case with the LG 360 Cam and the Samsung...

  • Raspberry Pi: 6 reasons to get one of these for Christmas

    The Raspberry Pi revolutionised the affordable computer sector upon its release in 2012, offering a moderately powerful device that can do just about anything. The latest Raspberry Pi 3 offers an exponential leap in power, but still maintains the original device's flexibility. Thinking about buying one for Christmas? Here are a few things you can do with the card-sized computer... Play old games on it Believe it or not, but you can actually run a variety of old games on the Raspberry Pi 3, with RetroPie being the most popular solution. It builds off existing emulation projects, offering a variety of emulators in a Pi-friendly...

  • These might be the next Moto Mods for the Moto Z

    Lenovo's Moto Z is one of the more unique smartphones we've ever encountered, featuring a magnetic back for a range of Moto Mod add-ons. These add-ons include a projector, speaker, powerbank and Hasselblad camera attachment. However, Lenovo held a hackathon in New York City this month, with over 60 people bringing ideas and prototypes to the table. The Chinese manufacturer chose three winning concepts, with the first winner being a "Modio" audio attachment for enthusiasts. "Using the USB MDK connection, Modio interfaces with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to provide audio input and output to the smartphone. This concept...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Nintendo Switch: CPU, GPU clock speeds revealed

    I don't think anyone was expecting the Nintendo Switch to be more powerful than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. After all, the new Nintendo console is designed to be portable, which means that heat management and battery life is paramount. We know that the device is using a mobile-oriented Tegra X1 processor, which means that there's already a little gulf between Nintendo's machine and rival consoles. But just how big is the performance gap? Eurogamer confirmed that its quad A57 CPU cores stay steady at 1020Mhz (a far cry from the 2Ghz+ maximum for the CPU core). However, GPU speeds vary,...

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...