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  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Destiny 2 [PS4] review: go into the light

    Destiny 2 was my first proper introduction to the Destiny franchise. Although I had a brief spell with the first game, I could never find myself enjoying it -- yet now the sequel is all I seem to be playing. Usually, a sequel has more to prove than the first iteration in a series. But this always-online FPS developed by Bungie and published by Activision did well to not only expand on the first instalment, but also improve it. For starters, Destiny 2 actually has a story -- albeit slightly cookie-cutter. Dominus Ghaul, the story's villain, is a fearless conqueror trying to capture the traveller's...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1 review: hella origins

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm leaves behind the supernatural elements of its predecessor and delves deeper into the mysterious and perplexing realm of adolescence, a time when every emotion and experience is amplified by the naïveté and entitlement of youth. It personifies the emotions we have unofficially declared as taboo, and allows us to wear it as a badge of honour. Although a handful of games deal with similar subject matter, it's more often than not decorated in some extravagant dressing. The recently released Hellblade explores the extremities of mental illness, but you're still a badass Viking demon slayer....

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Tacoma review: time is oxygen…

    Tacoma is a sci-fi narrative-exploration game developed by Fullbright, the same Portland-based indie studio that brought us Gone Home, one of the very titles that started the trend of this genre. Tacoma is a considerably more ambitious title than Gone Home. Jumping from one voice actor and a 90s American Home to a cast of seven on-board a floating space station in the year 2088, the Fullbright team have definitely gone for a much larger experience. But now the question begs: is this for the better? At first, I didn’t like this new approach. I was a massive fan of Gone...

  • UFO 50: indie dev stars to release 8-bit collection

    A group of indie developers, responsible for smash hits such as Downwell and Spelunky, have joined forces to release UFO 50, a collection of 50 8-bit video games. Set for a 2018 release on PC, the collection spans numerous genres, from platformers and RPGs to puzzlers and shooters. In an FAQ on the collection's website, the developers reassure consumers that the games, while somewhat shorter than many proper 8-bit titles, are full titles rather than minigames. "Completing the entire collection could easily take over a hundred hours," they add. UFO 50 will see 50 original 8-bit games being made by indie devs "The story...

  • Indie spotlight: five intriguing indies games you may have missed

    Once upon a time indie games were part of an extremely niche market, but they've increasingly expanded their influence and fanbase -- creating some of the best titles we've come to love. In that spirit, it is only natural that we explore the indie sector to find some more interesting titles emerging. Here's a look at five lesser-known indie games from the past few months that we've had the pleasure of trying out… Among The Innocent: A Stricken Tale The first game on our list is a proudly South African product created by former NAG Magazine editor Geoff Burrows. Not only created by...

  • Better late than never: Pippa’s E3 2017 diary

    E3 came and went quite some time ago. But with Cape Town's own EGE having come and gone, now's a good a time as any to take a look back. And what better way to look back than reading Pippa Tshabalala's E3 diary, having attended the week-long extravaganza herself? My first entry in a while Dear Diary, Sorry I haven't written in a while, but I've been REALLY busy. There's just so much going on at the moment, but something very exciting happened to me today however and I just had to tell someone! I was asked to go to E3 by the organisers...

  • Your gaming news roundup for July 2017

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of July 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to deal with you- your problem. GORN by Free Lives makes its way to early access Cape Town development studio Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) has added to their...

  • Twitch Bait: 7 games that unashamedly cater to streamers

    Ever heard of Oscar Bait? Apparently it's used for movies that were created almost solely with the intention of earning a nomination at the Oscars. What about Twitch Bait though? There are quite a few games these days that were designed almost expressly with streaming in mind. We pick a few standout titles. Breakaway A game made by Amazon's game studios? Yep. It's also designed to have deep integration with fellow Amazon company Twitch, believe it or not. A four-on-four action title, you'll need to essentially grab the "Relic" and slam it into your opponent's base. So it's basically a combat title meets American...