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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • 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...

  • Lost Odyssey free on Xbox One, Blue Dragon also compatible

    Two of the Xbox 360's best JRPGs are finally available for download on the Xbox One. Both Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are available on the South African Xbox Store, with the latter free for a limited time. You have until the end of December to claim your free copy of Lost Odyssey. Even if you don't own an Xbox One, get them anyways as it's an excellent title. Along with Lost Odyssey, both of its expansions, Seeker of the Deep! and Triple Bonus pack, are also available for download but aren't free. The games are a product of Japanese video game developer Mistwalker, which...

  • Microsoft releases new trailers for Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

    At The Video Game Awards, Microsoft released two new trailers for its Halo spin-off series, Halo Wars. The games are console exclusive to Xbox One and will release on 17 February 2017. The Halo Wars 2 trailer tells the story of a Covenant Brute by the name of Atriox. He was the first within their ranks to rebel against them and cause an uprising. You're not going to see any new gameplay in this trailer, but gorgeous CGI. Watch the full Halo Wars 2 trailer below. Those who pre-order Halo Wars 2 will have early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition from...

  • Hideo Kojima shows off new, weirder Death Stranding trailer

    Almost nothing is known about Hideo Kojima's upcoming Death Stranding, and the new trailer only adds to the mystery. Release at this year's The Video Game Awards, there's no sign of naked Norman Reedus. Instead, we're shown Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), black goo, and what looks like undead soldiers. This is also only a teaser so don't expect to see anything besides gorgeous CGI. Oh, and it's confusing as hell. This will be the first game from Kojima's new company, Kojima Productions. Watch the full trailer below.

  • Final Fantasy XV breaks records with over 5m units sold

    After 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) was released on 29 November. It seems like the wait has paid off for Square Enix as over five million units of the game have been sold. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, this makes Final Fantasy XV the fastest-selling title in the series. The game went on to break the record for the number of digital downloads for a day-one release in Japan. In Asia, excluding Japan, it also smashed sales numbers for a combination of physical and digital titles sold on the day of release. Local allocation...

  • Destiny: The Collection [PS4] review: the better Halo collection

    Gamers around the world had high hopes for the FPS MMO, Destiny. The former developers and creators of the Xbox-staple Halo Series, Bungie, was purchased by Activision and were set on creating an online game. After initial mixed reviews, the game has received several expansions and many tweaks. With Destiny 2 arriving in 2017, is now the right time to pick up the first game and its expansions? What’s in the collection? The recently-released Destiny: The Collection is a battle chest that collects all of the Destiny content on the latest generation consoles... to an extent. It includes all of the previously...

  • Stardew Valley has massive price difference between Xbox One, PS4

    The farming and life-sim game Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but owners of Microsoft's console will pay less for it. Looking at the SA Xbox One pricing, the game is currently on pre-order for R149. On the SA PSN store, however, the same title is selling for R239. This difference gives Xbox owners a R90 advantage over their Sony brethren. The reason for the discrepancy is that the SA Xbox store uses a R10 to US$1 ratio from its US counterpart (US$14.99), while Sony pulls the UK price of £11.99 at an almost R20 to £1 ratio. It's not the...

  • Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One, PS4 mid-December

    Indie darling farming and life simulator, Stardew Valley is finally making its way to home consoles. Well, only the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Announced in a blog post on the Stardew Valley website, the game will release on PS4 in North America on 13 December. The European PS4 edition and will be available on 14 December, along with a worldwide release on Xbox One. What is interesting to note is that the game won't be available on the Nintendo Wii U. Instead, developer Eric Barone says that they will be developing a version for the Nintendo Switch, which is releasing next year. "I do want...

  • Batman: Return to Arkham [Xbox One] review: at least it doesn’t have Jared Leto

    When Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studios released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, it blew away the minds of gamers around the world. It was the first true Batman video game. The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, released two years later to another collective of blown minds, upped the ante compared to the original. Now, updated versions of the games have been released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but does the Dark Knight strike again, or is this collection just a Killing Joke? The story behind both games is simple enough and they share basic plot ideas. Something has gone wrong in Arkham...