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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 2013’s console of the year: Sony PlayStation 4

    The release of the PS4 was one of the most anticipated moments for gamers in 2013. Since the release of the PS1 back in the early ninties the Playstation has grown to become the most sought after console of all time. With the recent release of the PS4, it isn't showing any signs of backing down. History lessons The PlayStation name has firmly cemented itself within the minds of gamers all over the world. And to think it almost never existed. The idea for the Playstation was born back in the days when Sony (together with Phillips Electronics) developed a CD...

  • 5 more of 2013’s best gadgets

    Gadgets have become an integral part of our lives. The peak of technological advancement keeps rising and it doesn't seem like it will stop any time soon. Each year that passes provides us with more and more innovations and refinements. Things that have been thought to mere visions of the future have become a present day reality. We had a list earlier this week of our favourite gadgets, but right now we present five more gizmos we've come to love throughout 2013. HTC One It seems that pressure indeed does create diamonds. With HTC's negative results in the past it needed...

  • Graphics over gameplay: can ‘Beyond’ creator David Cage innovate?

    David Cage is talented. He works as a musician, writer and video game designer but is best known for being the founder of the game development studio, Quantic Dream, which has brought us some remarkable titles such as Heavy Rain and The Nomad Soul. Added to that list is Beyond, Cage's last game which was in many reviewers opinions and ours, a bland game that placed graphics over engaging gameplay. Cage is possibly the most interesting modern-day game developer, but can he now use the Xbox One and PS4 to create games that not only look good, but play well? Qauntic Dream's...

  • Xbox One versus PS4? The PC won long ago

    Since the release of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, I've heard numerous arguments about which one is the best. We all seem to be so concerned with consoles at the moment that we have forgotten which platform is still the reigning champ of gaming performance. Yes, it's the PC. If you take a closer look at all the improvements made in these new consoles you will see that they are mimicking the build of a PC. To me, this says a lot. It is as if the makers of consoles acknowledge that their creations will only ever become...

  • Challenge accepted: 5 of the most difficult games you’ll ever play

    I recently had a strange urge to go rummaging through my gaming treasure chest. I had this unquenchable want to play a classic title from my past. After quite some digging, and a few nostalgic moments, I finally found it. As I started playing the old quirky puzzle-adventure game (which features on this list) one thing immediately became apparent. It was the first time in ages I felt like I was truly being challenged. Then, I decided to take a look into some current games. One by one I tried my hand at these games and with each passing...

  • ‘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...