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  • Nintendo Switch: better pack a powerbank for Zelda

    The Nintendo Switch comes out in just over a week, promising a hybrid machine that supports portable gaming as well as the traditional home console experience. But just how good is the portable part of the equation? Or more specifically, how much juice can you get out of it? Well, Engadget has published its preview of the Nintendo Switch, reporting that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't last very long at all. "And if you were wondering how much portable Zelda you'll be able to play at once, I have a disappointing answer: two and a half hours," the publication...

  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes to Xbox backwards-compatibility

    Grand Theft Auto V has already made its way to Xbox One, albeit in remastered form, but what about Grand Theft Auto IV? Fortunately, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version is now backwards compatible. The publisher made the announcement on its website, revealing that all versions of the game, as well as Episodes from Liberty City, are compatible on Xbox One. Gamers who own the digital version will see it show up in the "Ready to Install" section on Xbox One, while those with a physical copy will need to insert it and then download the compatible version. Hankering...

  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode: which games benefit most?

    The 4.50 firmware for the PlayStation 4 finally brings external hard drive support, but PS4 Pro users in the beta programme also got Boost Mode. The feature uses the extra grunt of the Pro model to deliver smoother performance in vanilla PS4 games (that aren't patched for the Pro). So which games benefit most? Eurogamer has done a preliminary round of testing, putting the likes of Project CARS, F1 2016, Knack and Assassin's Creed Unity to the test. It found that Project CARS saw the biggest framerate improvement, "in the region of 35-38 percent". In other words, a full race at Le...

  • Humble Bundle and Spiraloid: this week’s top mobile games

    We've got a solid selection of mobile games for your viewing listening playing (?) pleasure this week, starting with a Humble Bundle for Android. Otherwise, A Normal Lost Phone and Spiraloid are two other notable titles this week. Check out the full rundown below. Spiral (free - Android, iOS) It seems like you can't go a week without a super tough, borderline-unfair game coming to mobile platforms, with Ketchapp's Spiral being the latest. The title sees you controlling a ball rolling down a (what else?) spiral, tapping the screen to hop over obstacles. The one big problem is that the obstacles come before...

  • Hands on: Ghost Recon Wildlands beta

    After a good few hours of playing the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta, playing both single-player and multiplayer modes, I still seem to have mixed feelings about the game. I decided to play the single-player mode before even touching the multiplayer, and what I found was that I was either annoyed or completely chuffed at the way the AI teammates responded. When I was critically wounded, the AI managed to come to my aid incredibly fast, almost abandoning the mission objective and providing cover fire of sorts. However, sending your AI counterparts into specific locations wasn't particularly effective, especially when...

  • Watch: Halo Wars 2 launch trailer hits the web

    Microsoft's Halo Wars made for quite an impression upon launch in 2009, offering a refreshing strategy take on the Halo formula. Of course, Halo was originally intended to be a strategy game, so Halo Wars was really about bringing the series to its roots, in a sense. In any event, Microsoft has published the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, set years after the events of the first title. "After experiencing a pyrrhic victory following the events of the first Halo Wars, Captain Cutter and the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up after 28 years of cryosleep...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro gets Boost Mode for non-Pro titles

    Microsoft's Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements. First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven't been patched for the PS4 Pro. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off...

  • The Last Guardian gets $20 drop, but what about SA?

    Say what you will about The Last Guardian, but you can't deny that it's one of the most important Sony releases of this generation. In any event, Sony has confirmed that the PS4 title has received a permanent US$20 price cut in the United States, which means the game can be acquired for US$40. But what about South Africa? Does the price cut affect us? Fortunately, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has confirmed that South Africa will be receiving a price cut as well. A representative confirmed that the new suggested price for South Africa is R699.99, down from R999 at launch. It's worth noting that...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is 70% off on Steam

    I love the Deus Ex franchise, but I've only just recently sunk my teeth into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. After all, AAA games aren't cheap on console. Fortunately, discounts happen all the time for PC gamers, with Mankind Divided available for R149.70 as part of a franchise sale on Steam. The title is usually available for R499, representing a 70% discount. Don't care for Mankind Divided? Then Human Revolution Director's Cut is available for R54.75. Prefer the god-awful (it's actually decent in its own right) Deus Ex: Invisible War? Expect to pay just R19. Otherwise, former mobile title Deus Ex: The Fall is available...

  • Fire Emblem and Gunman Taco Truck: 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. The mobile gaming sector is a busy one, with original titles and blockbusters launching all the time. But we're here to sift through the nonsense, bringing you some of the better mobile games around. Our highlights this week? Why it's Fire Emblem Heroes and the rather addictive Gunman Taco Truck. Check out all five picks below. A Day in the Woods (free - Android, iOS) It's usually a paid title on Apple platforms, but...