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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • New Chrome OS update available, brings material design and more

    Today, Google announced the release of a new update for Chrome OS. While it doesn't bring any major changes, such as the ability to install and use Android apps, it does include a few interesting ones. According to a Google blog post, the 56.0.2924.87 (Platform version: 9000.82.0) update contains a new Material Design for the shelf and system menu and Flash Component updater. Additionally, a "new version of the ChromeVox screen reader is now the default across all Chromebooks". The Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), and Acer Chromebook R11 will not receive the update. These devices support the Google...

  • Quest of Dungeons [PS4] review

    I previously reviewed indie rogue-like title Quest of Dungeons on the Nintendo 3DS a few months ago and it was an excellent title with some minor shortcomings. Now, the game is available for the PlayStation 4. Is it worth purchasing the game again or at least owning it for the first time? The setup on the PS4 edition is still the same as previous releases: you play as one of four characters who venture through a dungeon and defeat the evil at the end. There’s a very thin story at the beginning of the two story adventures, but that’s about it. This...

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue [PS4] review

    The Kingdom Hearts series has been an interesting part of gaming culture since 2002. This mega cross-over between Disney and Square Enix has spawned a massive series that spans a number of consoles. With the next chapter in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, reportedly still a long way away, both companies seem to be tiding fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This new collection features a movie, a re-release, and a brand new game in the series. For this review, I’ll be looking at the collection -- shortened to KH2.8 -- as an overall package and not individual titles. After all,...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • There’s a Morrowind expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online

    If you haven't had a chance to try out The Elder Scrolls Online (let's be honest, Skyrim is still amazing and you're probably still stuck into it), now may be time to start looking into the game. Bethesda Softworks has announced that it will be releasing a Morrowind expansion to the online game. In The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, players will be able to journey to Vvardenfell -- an island inside of the province of Morrowind -- and undertake an additional 30 hours of new storyline. The game takes place around 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, so the...

  • First Resident Evil VII: Biohazard DLC out today

    If you own a copy of the Resident Evil VII: Biohazard deluxe edition or season pass on PlayStation 4, you'll be getting the first bit of DLC for the game today. This first of two "Banned Footage" DLC packs centres around the Sewer Gators cameraman, Clancy, as he tries to survive the Baker house -- it takes place during the "Nightmare" and "Bedroom" scenarios. The pack also contains an extra game (that is apparently "extra tough"), called 'Ethan Must Die'. It'll be separate to the RE7 storyline. Vol. 2 of Banned Footage will be out on 14 February. For anyone who doesn't own the PS4 edition, the...

  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard [PS4] review

    During the past decade the Resident Evil franchise has gone through some interesting (read: odd) changes. The shift towards action-heavy titles may have come with decent sales numbers, but it also include splitting the core fanbase who adored the survival horror aspect. Developer and publisher Capcom has taken a huge leap of faith with the latest title, but is it enough to rejuvenate the series? The story starts off relatively simple and is a horror cliché. Ethan's wife disappeared several years before the events of the game and sends him a message to come and find her (Silent Hill 2,...

  • South Africa will be getting the Persona 5 collector’s edition [update]

    In a press release today, Apex Interactive announced that South Africa will be receiving the collector's edition of Persona 5 on PlayStation 4. While I almost never pre-order video games, which is a hot topic due to pre-order culture, I may be breaking my rule for this one. The collector's edition looks quite sexy with its inclusion of a soundtrack CD, 10cm plush keychain of Morgana the Phantom Thieves cat mascot, a 64-page hardcover art book, SteelBook game case, school bag, and a collectable outer box. The outer box is, of course, the strangest piece of collectable content in the box. There is...

  • There’s an Apocalypse Now video game on Kickstarter, seriously

    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) Now that that's out of the way, there's an actual Apocalypse Now video game project up on Kickstarter. What's more, it's from Francis Ford Coppola, the man behind the classic movie (and here social media said 2017 was going to be a rubbish year). In it, players will take on the role of the movie's protagonist, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) during the Vietnam War. Players won't have to make the same decisions as in the movie and it's about "not being killed, rather than being a...

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4) first impressions: Wow, what a mansion

    The day is finally upon us as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is unleashed upon the world. It marks the first core title in the Resident Evil series since 2014 and one that is vastly different to almost every previous entry. I've played around two hours of Resident Evil 7, but the question is, what do I think of it so far? Firstly, Resident Evil 7 is not a game for kids. Seriously, do not purchase this for your children due to its intensely graphic scenes and terror-inducing gameplay. As you've probably seen from numerous developer interviews and advertising, the game returns to...