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All posts by Matthew Alexander

  • PlayStation VR hands on: the Powerglove of Sony

    Here at Gearburn we've had many discussions around the PlayStation VR. 'Will it work?', 'will it be feasible?', 'would you buy one if it were cheaper?', these were the questions we asked ourselves, and the resounding answer was 'no' . I wish it were that simple though because that answer might not be a testament to the enjoyability and the potential of the device. Although I might be speaking too soon. Setting the device up was a chore in itself (once you've done it the first time, it becomes easier), with the multiple wires and...

  • Ghost Recon Wildlands [PS4] review: it’s ok, I guess

    Ubisoft's latest offering Ghost Recon: Wildlands tries its best to scrap with other releases such as Nier Automata (review) and Horizon Zero Dawn, which have attracted many gamers already. So why should you spend money on Ghost Recon: Wildlands then? Before I begin this review, it's worth pointing out that I started it immediately after finishing Horizon Zero Dawn, so it was indeed tough to review after finishing such a refreshingly new IP. Wildlands surprised me somewhat. Its antagonist's striking monologue in the opening makes you feel like you're about to be psychologically terrorised by a mind that seems far greater than they're letting on. Unfortunately,...

  • For (dis)Honor [PS4] review: why P2P connections don’t work in gaming

    Ubisoft's latest offering For Honor is a third-person combat game which sees you allying yourself with three factions: Knights, Vikings and Samurais. Since reviewing the beta there have been many changes such as nerfed and buffed characters, additional maps and so much more. Let's start with the story mode; I felt suspicious when Ubisoft never allowed open beta users access to the story mode, and now I know why -- it was completely useless. The characters in the single-player story are easily forgettable and the acting seemed sub-par. It just felt as if it was there to draw in those wanting...

  • For Honor open beta: our impressions

    Ubisoft’s latest video game For Honor, which I played on the PlayStation 4 this weekend, will keep you on the edge of your seat. Regardless of how experienced you are with the title, it will require every ounce of your mettle as you try to waste opponents. For Honor is focussed around three factions, the Samurai, the Knights, and the Vikings. All have their own unique fighting styles even though the classes are somewhat the same; combat is really well thought out for each class. The Knights, for example, are methodical and tend to be precision strikers. The Vikings with...

  • 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...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #7: Our GOTY for 2016 as well as the future of 2017

    Quite a few games have been released in 2017 at this stage, with some already great, such as Yakuza 0, while others pretty meh. Join Andy and the Burn team as they discuss their 2016 Games Of The Year as well as what they've played so far and what they're looking out for this year. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share your valued opinion with us, catch us on Twitter @gearburn. Feel free to drop a comment in the comment section below, or on our SoundCloud page. Be sure to subscribe to...

  • For Honor: what to know before the beta

    Ubisoft's For Honor, an action MMO set to kick-off their many offerings for the year, will see various factions of Samurai, Vikings and Knights battle it out for their taste of glory. Set to be released on 14 February 2017, the For Honor beta will be taking place between 26-29 January 2017 and will have various battlegrounds for you to compete in. The Knights This faction will be played on two maps: the Citadel Gate as well as the Cathedral. Both maps feature some intense close-combat engagement areas, while others will give you a perfect flanking opportunity. The Samurai Making use of high cliffs and dangerous...

  • DC’s Injustice 2 story trailer: The rise of Brainiac

    DC's new offering, Injustice 2, directed by Ed Boon and produced by Adam Urbano, continues on from the previous game and will see Batman along with others take on those trying to restore Superman's regime. While the beloved characters are hashing out their personal issues, a new threat looms -- Brainiac. Injustice 2, much like the movies, carry on with DC's dark and dreary themes, showcasing the realities of what it means to be a "hero" and the casualties thereof. The character roster will see the return of many favourites from the previous game along with new characters such as Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd,...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] review: a better breed of game

    French developer and publisher Ubisoft released the first Watch Dogs game in 2013, being noted for an extremely divisive reception. Now, the release of Watch Dogs 2 brings with it the hope that Ubisoft has learnt its lessons and actually delivered a game to meet expectations. Following the events of Aiden Pierce in Chicago, the game moves to an entirely new map in San Francisco and follows the exploits of a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway. Once Marcus is scouted and recruited by hacktivist group DedSec, he begins the seemingly righteous journey of freeing the public from their blinding technological comforts. DedSec itself comprises...