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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • ‘Amphora’ review: eccentric, enchanting shadow theatre for gaming purists

    We break away from the plethora of AAA titles released this week, to bring an indie game that has remembered what gaming is all about -- mystery, fun and engrossing gameplay. Amphora transports you to a mysterious and magical world where the borders of fantasy and reality no longer exist. Immerse yourself in the colourful adventure of a girl’s life, told through the ancient storytelling medium of shadow theatre, while solving fantastically unique and engaging puzzles. It's a gorgeous work of art that will be engraved in your being and an experience that should not be missed. Meet the developers Amphora is brought to...

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review: a glorious assault on the senses

    For over 10 years now the Call of Duty (COD) franchise has been the dominant force in war gaming and the FPS (first person shooter) genre. What started back in 2003 has now become a record breaking and award-winning gaming series and one of the most popular games on the face of the planet. But in recent times the COD recipe has become somewhat stale and stagnant and the last few titles seemed like a mere repackaging of their predecessors. It was clear that Activision needed to rethink the future of its increasingly less original brain child. It was time...

  • The Future of Mass Effect: BioWare reveals all on N7 Day

    N7 Day takes place each year on 7 November. It is an annual event that celebrates one of gaming’s greatest franchises, the Mass Effect trilogy. Even though it fittingly takes place on 7 Nov, N7 actually refers to a military rank in the Mass Effect universe. It is a rank given to those marines who have graduated from the Interplanetary Combatives Training (ICT) program and it is regarded as one of the most respected ranks in the in-game world. The “N” refers to the special forces of the Alliance Military (The Good Guys) and the 7 refers to the highest...

  • A call to rehab: 5 addictive video games series you know and love

    "Am I addicted to video games?" This is a question that serious gamers probably know all too well. Have you ever had to get up early for work the next day but stayed up gaming until three in the morning? Has your family or partner ever made multiple attempts to make you cut down on your gaming? Has anyone ever suggested that you seek professional help? If your answer is yes then you will surely be familiar with some of the titles named on this list. Now, before some of you tear me apart because your favourite game is not on this...

  • ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ review: nothing is normal

    With such an unusual name, you can expect a unique game. That is exactly what the new Borderlands is, and in the best way possible. Shoot n’ loot your way across the desolate but flamboyant landscape of Elpis and witness the rise of Handsome Jack from a sharp-tongued coward into an even more sarcastic ultra-villain. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (BLPS), awkwardly nestled between its predecessors, stays true to the odd but winning recipe of excessive bizarreness but does not come without its new twists and turns that keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting. This role-playing shooter is one that is sure...

  • 5 games that broke our hearts

    Irving Stone once wrote "There is no love without pain." Admittedly he probably didn't have gaming in mind but it applies just as much. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles. In essence, it serves to remind us that our wonderful world of gaming does not come without its flaws and disappointments. Further, it is a reminder that we should be...

  • ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ review: my precious

    Once more into Mordor we travel, into a cursed land where all that draws breath seeks to be the harbinger of your death. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (SOM) is the best Lord of the Rings inspired game yet and something that should have been done years ago. But I’m glad it happened now at the forefront of gaming technology. This magnificent action-RPG is brought to you by Monolith Productions and Warner Brother’s Interactive (Batman: Arkham Games) and is a brilliant title in every way you look at it. It is beautiful, addictive, potently immersive and ultimately a game...

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

    "This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand." These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you wouldn’t even know that you’re not playing a big budget, AAA-title. Story Time TVEC is immediately mysterious. This First-Person-Mystery-Solving-Adventure-Game (a long...

  • ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ PC review: anime fan service

    The Legend of Naruto Uzumaki continues with Cyber Connect 2’s Nacruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, the latest installment of the Ultimate Ninja Series. It was released on 16 September, less than a year after its predecessor, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (damn, these titles are long). So what has changed, if anything at all? Is this really a new game or just a slightly repackaged re-release? The answers a muddy "maybe". What's new? "This time we've completely revamped the battle system," says Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of Cyber Connect 2. So what makes Revolution different than its predecessors? Well, to...

  • Dead Rising 3 (PC) review: hyper-addictive zombie bashing muddied by console nonsense

    In recent times, the zombie phenomenon has skyrocketed and it has left our jaws dropped with the mountain of absolute crap that it has inspired. Thankfully, Dead Rising 3 has proudly brought back some honour to this mostly exhausted theme and reinstates our love for the air-headed flesh eaters. Get ready to lay waste to your zombie opponents with an arsenal of uniquely creative weapons and vehicles, continuing the traditional essence of the Dead Rising series. Story time  Welcome to the city of Los Perdidos, a place once alive with the buzz of people and dreams of the future. But now,...