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All posts tagged "review"

  • Virginia [PC] review: interactive cinema at its finest

    I’ve started writing this review mere moments after I’ve finished Virginia. Its eerie yet beautiful experience still lingers within my mind, my thoughts a distorted amalgam of “why’s” and “what if’s”. What have I just experienced? I honestly have no idea, but I liked it. Or rather I’ve spent the last two hours immersed in one of the most captivating and beautifully bizarre digital experiences I’ve encountered… and I absolutely loved every second of it. Virginia is a narrative-driven first-person mystery game created by Variable State Games. The story takes place over the course of a few days in a fictionalized...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: the best budget phablet in SA?

    Local Xiaomi distributor Mobile In Africa (MIA) is in a rather tight situation with the Redmi Note range. The firm launched the Redmi Note 2 (review) earlier this year, despite the Note 3 already being launched in China and a few other markets. At R2999, the Redmi Note 2 offers excellent value for money, but is the R3799 Note 3 that big of an improvement? What are you missing out on if you opt for the Note 2? We peel the curtain back on the Redmi Note 3. A thick, pleasant smartphone The first thing I noticed about the phone was how thick it...

  • F1 2016 [Xbox One] review: Codemasters’s purple sector

    The Codemasters F1 games haven't been half bad at all, but it's clear that there was room for improvement with F1 2014 and F1 2015. The latter in particular was a barebones experience, offering little in the way of content. There was a great driving model, plenty of commands to your race engineer and a step up in visuals - but who cares when you only have a basic season mode and nothing else? Fortunately, F1 2016 builds on that foundation quite extensively, starting with the all-new career mode. The next Max Verstappen (or Chilton?) The game allows you to race as a created driver for any team...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided review round-up: augmented or augward?

    The latest game in the Deus Ex series has finally been released, almost five years after Human Revolution first came out. Of course, the third game in the series received plenty of positive reviews, but does the follow-up make for a worthy title? Well, the reviews seem to think so... Tackle things in your own way The Deus Ex franchise has made a name for itself thanks to the free-form nature of missions, and Ars Technica's Sam Machnovech found the fourth title to be no different (saying that people should "buy the heck out of the game"). "Missions feed into each other in organic ways,...

  • The Technomancer review: welcome to Backtrack Simulator 2016

    Take one part Mass Effect, mix it in with some Alpha Protocol and add a heap of Too Human. What do you get? The finished product is a hack-and-slash RPG that clearly shows its budget trappings. We're talking about The Technomancer. Anyway, The Technomancer takes place on a Mars colony that sees corporations running the show. This comes at the expense of mutants, poverty-stricken folk and other unfortunate souls down below. You're a Technomancer, one of the "lucky" mutants though, effectively able to channel electrical powers and imbue your weapons with said powers. This means you'll be a special soldier for said corporations... That...

  • Huawei P9 review: best camera phone of 2016?

    Dual-camera smartphones excite me. It's a rather unique way to overcome the limitations of traditional mobile cameras, while also offering some interesting novel features. The HTC One M8 (review) for instance (while technically having a depth sensor), showed what dual-camera devices could be capable of, offering the ability to have any image you shoot be refocusable. LG took a different route with its dual-camera LG G5 (review) earlier this year though, delivering two cameras that operated independently of one another. Now, Huawei has joined the party with its Huawei P9 flagship, offering two 12MP rear cameras that work together. So did the Chinese...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5 review: flagship performance at a lower price

    Xiaomi made quite the splash when its smartphones landed in South Africa last year (courtesy of MIA), delivering the Mi 4 (review) at under R4000 and the Redmi 2 at a hair under R2000. So we were rather excited when the Mi 5 was announced at MWC 2016 earlier this year, and even more excited when MIA confirmed that it was bringing the phone to SA. Now that it's here, should you pick it up? Design First of all, it's worth mentioning that this phone is ridiculously light. I'm talking "hm... did I put the battery in?" kind of light. Once you've gotten over...

  • Huawei Mate 8 conversational review: a fat, phat phablet

    Review by Hadlee Simons with additional words by Andy Walker. We really liked the Huawei Mate 7, offering a massive battery, solid performance and that slick fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate S, on the other hand, felt like a bad compromise between the Mate range and the premium P series -- essentially being a bigger P8 with none of the Mate line's battery benefits. So then, we were glad to see the Huawei Mate 8 launched earlier this year, being a proper follow-up to the polished Mate 7. Is it a worthy successor though? Well, Gearburn stalwarts Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • The real ‘flagship killer’? What do reviewers think of the OnePlus 3?

    The latest flagship in the rather popular OnePlus range seems to live up to previous handsets, based on the specifications alone. There's a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a whopping 6GB of RAM (although the phone aggressively manages RAM by default) and a 16MP/8MP camera pairing. Otherwise, a 3000mAh battery, USB Type-C and quick charging round out the device. What are reviewers saying about the phone though? Especially in light of the good but not great OnePlus 2 reviews? Are there display woes? Brandon Chester of Anandtech praised the design, camera and performance, but added that the screen was easily the...