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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • ‘Need for Speed Rivals’ review: the endless road

    Need for Speed Rivals is the latest title to be spawned from the Need for Speed family and the first one born from the hands of new Swedish developers, Ghost Games. It was built on the new Frostbite 3 engine, the same one used for the recently released Battlefield 4. How does it fare? First Impressions As you start it up it you’re forced to watch a lengthy and unskippable two-minute intro video. The voice in this intro seems like it's trying overly hard to be philosophically deep and poignant but it just isn't. It comes off shallow, though, at...

  • Outlast review: survival horror at its finest

    “Outlast contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content and strong language. Please enjoy.” These are the first words you are met with when starting Outlast and you’ll be wise not to forget them. Outlast lives up to every single one of them. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started playing this game, which made the experience all the more shocking. This first-person horror survival game is not for the faint hearted. The rules in Outlast are simple: “Run, hide or die.” You have no weapons and no powers. You are armed with nothing but a camcorder, a...

  • ‘Gone Home’ and ‘The Stanley Parable’ review: no more tears

    Games are an extremely potent and immersive means of conveying stories. Lately, it rings more true than ever. A lot of the latest AAA titles manage to achieve a decent balance between mind-blowing action and a captivating, in-depth storyline. But there is a new world unfolding within the gaming industry, a world where the story is king and the game play is nothing but a medium of experiencing this tale. Two games have been born from this world, Gone Home and The Stanley Parable. One gives a dramatic and emotional look into another person’s life, the other is a pleasantly...

  • Metro Last Light review: nuclear powered terror

    Welcome to the Russian underground dystopia of Metro: Last Light. Enter the vast crumbling Metro system where the last of humanity survives as you uncover a horrifying and complex puzzle. Even now, where the world is at its end, the divided factions of man still wages war. The bloodshed is all in the name of ultimate power, a doomsday device located somewhere in the military vaults of D6. Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033 that is based on a book by the same name, written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. You play as Artyom, a young man who was born...

  • Toshiba Satellite U920t review: middle of the road

    The Satellite U920t is an Ultrabook that was released by Toshiba earlier this year. Currently, it is the only product in its laptop/tablet combo range that boasts Windows 8 Pro. It is admittedly a good and reasonably affordable device (R10 999) but its user friendliness and practicality is a problem. Feels great The Satellite U920t looks and feels great. It’s a sturdy and attractive piece of hardware. In tablet mode, you work on a five point touch-screen system. This basically means that the tablet screen can read up to five contact points simultaneously. This might be a minor set-back when compared...

  • Razer Orbweaver review: elite gaming, at a price

    The Orbweaver is the latest gaming pad released by Razer. It is a specialised piece of gaming equipment that I suspect will only attract a select few of the most hardcore gamers. With all the specialised gaming gear available presently, I think many gamers would see this as an unnecessary addition to their collection, especially at a pricey US$129. But for that elite cult of game gear fanatics, the Orbweaver might just be what they’re looking for. At first glance, the Orbweaver is one awkward looking gadget. That might intimidate you and make you question its level of comfort. But...

  • 10 films that would make incredible games

    If you’re reading this post, chances are you are a big fan of both video games and films. When I was doing research for this article I found that many of my favourite films already have a game version but most of them simply suck. They were either rushed through production to take advantage of the hype of the film or created as merely an add-on to the movie. I think if film-to-game transitions were created to stand on their own two feet, we might have had some more excellent games on our shelf. Here is a list of...

  • 6 classic games that deserve a remake

    Games play a crucial part in our lives, allowing us to explore parts of the world, and snippets of our imagination that would otherwise be unreachable. The classics live on forever in our brains though as cherished memories, as titles that are flawless. Even the best of the best age over time and begin to show their years through dated graphics or gameplay. And then there are some that deserve a remake, games that are so crucial to our lives that a re-imagined version is needed. Image via MyAbandonware.com Image via...

  • 10 games that deserve to be made into films

    If there are two things I love, it's games and stories. Luckily for me, these two aren’t that far apart. Most games feature narratives that admirably compete with my favourite books and movies. Most of the popular games (Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Silent Hill) have already been made into films, but here are ten games that actually deserve to be made into feature films. And has anyone noticed that most of the game-to-film abortions have been horror-focused? Why is Hollywood so intent on creating a spooky narrative from a non-linear narrative? Enjoy the list. [burngal title = "10 games that deserve...