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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.11 adds base building, freighters and more

    After nine weeks of silence, Hello Games has released a brand new update for the divisive No Man's Sky. Dubbed The Foundation Update (it's actually 1.11), the 2.7GB patch on the PlayStation 4 brings with it a slew of features. The update includes the long-requested feature of base building. Players are now able to build their own homes on any planet and equip these structures with hydroponics, research and development areas, launchpads, and more. Read more: No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’ No Man's Sky players will also be able to construct save points anywhere, as well as mining...

  • Sleeping Dogs, Burnout Paradise are December Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsof thas unveiled their next batch of games in the Xbox Games with Gold programme. For the month of December, there are some pretty great titles. First up, and available for the whole of the month is Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. This underrated open-world crime simulator was originally released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but was later remastered for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. It focuses more on hand-to-hand combat and a justice meter than the all-out violence of the likes of Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto. The second title on Xbox One is the horror title...

  • Mafia III [Xbox One] review: a game of contrasts

    Picture this: your friends and family have been murdered, you’re left for dead and your ties to the Mafia have all but betrayed you. What are you gonna do? Kill everyone for revenge, of course. A story of revenge Okay, so that’s a basic rundown of the latest open-world crime simulator, Mafia III. Set during 1968 in America, the game uses the Vietnam War and counter-culture as the backdrop for this tale. You take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a black man, and recent war veteran and special ops veteran with ties to the Mafia. Upon his arrival in New Bordeaux,...

  • Gears of War 4 [Xbox One] campaign review: a new Fenix rises

    It’s been a long, hard road out of hell, but the story of Marcus Fenix and his fight against the Locusts has come to an end. Now, Microsoft has released a new chapter in the Gears of War saga; the start of a new trilogy of games. Question is, should you play this new title, or stick with the older games? The story of a new group Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3 and is actually the fifth title in the series (Judgement being the fourth). The alien-ish menace that once plagued the planet...

  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES review: a little bit of nostalgia

    Oh, Nintendo, how you love to play on our nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses. Not only does the company re-release classic NES titles for every new platform it launches, but it's now come out with a console resembling the original NES (complete with a range of built-in games). The question is, should you purchase this R999 (US$60) little box of childhood memories or leave the nostalgia tucked away at the back of your mind? Announced earlier this year, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES -- we'll call it the Mini NES from here on out -- is packed with 30 "classic" games from the...

  • PlayStation 3: here’s where to buy one online in South Africa

    The PlayStation 3 is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, sitting at over 83-million lifetime sales. With three major hardware revisions under its belt, it's a titan that's stood the gaming test of time. The system also has an exceptional number of games that aren't available on any platform, not to mention its free online play capabilities, built-in Blu-Ray player, and easily upgradeable hard drive. Read more: 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4 You may be wanting to pick up a PlayStation 3 for yourself, and if you don't want to go through the hassle...

  • Mass Effect trilogy now available on Xbox One, EA Access Vault

    It's time for science fiction video game fans to rejoice: Mass Effect 2 and 3 are now available on Xbox One. Not only that, but the trilogy is available through the EA Access Vault as well. With Mass Effect Andromeda (hopefully) being released next year, it's to be expected that EA would want to keep building up hype for the new series. Also, Mass Effect 2 and 3 have 75 989 and 88 077 votes respectively on the official Xbox Backwards Compatibility forum -- those aren't numbers the publisher could shy away from. In addition to being available with Xbox One Backward Compatibility, Mass...

  • PlayStation 3, PS Vita firmware update without much new

    It doesn't look like Sony has forgotten about its two other consoles, or has it? The company has released new updates for both the PS3 and Vita, but they don't bring a slew of features or anything interesting at all. The PlayStation 3 has been upgraded to the 4.81 firmware revision, which Sony states "improves the quality of the system performance". Now if that's not insightful, then we don't know what is . The Playstation Vita (and that PlayStatoion TV thing which Sony pretends doesn't exist) has been upgraded to 3.63, which, you guessed it, "improves the...

  • Lenovo Moto prize bracelet: the worst fitness tracker I’ve ever used

    Recently, I was invited to a Moto launch event in South Africa. Lenovo was bringing the brand back to the market, starting with the Moto Z. When guests arrived, they were given white bracelets with no specific purpose mentioned. Later on, the bracelets glowed blue for plebs and then red for 'fortunate' people who won their own Moto Z. It seemed a waste to just throw the bracelet away, so I decided to test it out. Firstly, it fits quite well on my large wrists. The device uses a basic watch-strap design with holes and nobs slotting into said holes. Sure, the...

  • This Skyrim claymation video will give you all the nostalgia

    Besides only giving out review copies a day before game releases, it seems as though Bethesda has taken a quirkier marketing tactic with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. Claymation YouTuber Lee Hardcastle has created an animated short for the upcoming release. The entire video is shot entirely using stop-motion as well as having everything made of clay. It covers a player (Brian) and his actions through the province of Skyrim. It's quirky enough that we wish there were more videos created for it. Now if only the video recognised the true hero of Skyrim: Lydia. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is set...