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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • Your gaming news roundup for June 2017

    Once again another month will be flying off the calendar, soon to enter the eternal past-tense. This time around, June 2017 will the latest in a long line to take its place on the proverbial deathbed. In its honour, as not to forget the moments we've shared, we will be exploring some scraps, snippets, and bits, of video game industry news you might have missed in the last few weeks. If you feel like there is something sorely lacking on this list, let us know in the comments section below! Cyberpunk 2077 design documents being held for ransom Earlier this month unidentified hackers...

  • Alan Wake retro review: Twin Peaks meets Stephen King

    As most of us have probably heard by now, the narrative-driven horror shooter known as Alan Wake has been removed from all sales platforms following the expiry of various music licences. Fortunately, in light of this news the developers, Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break, Max Payne), gave the game a ninety percent discount for a limited time, allowing users one last chance to grab the game before its indefinite withdrawal. If you're reading this and did not jump at that opportunity, I unfortunately have to inform you that the chance has passed. If you visit the Alan Wake Steam page right now,...

  • Budget Diaries: Sara Is Missing, Pequod and more

    "Budget Diaries" is a new series where Gearburn explores the vast digital landscape of the internet in search of unique and engaging games that won't break the bank or greedily consume half your hard drive's space. If you're tired of paying half your wages on games, waiting for massive downloads or playing games that seem all too familiar, then you've come to the right place. This week, Wiehahn takes a look at Sara is Missing, Pequod and several more titles that won't hurt your wallet. Sara is Missing Developer: Kaigan Games Size: 132 MB Platforms: PC, Mac, Android Price: Free (with option to donate) In Sara...

  • What caught my attention at E3 2017

    We have yet again bore witness to another E3, our tiny nerd brains reeling with the immense amount of information swirling around in our minds. As any year, this year’s E3 had its share of memorable moments. We saw the reveal of Bioware's gorgeous new IP Anthem, were treated to an action-packed multiplayer round of Battlefront II, and got a deeper look at Far Cry 5. But as great as these moments were, there were a few others that caught my attention that I will explore in this piece. For those unfortunate few who have not yet heard of E3, here's...

  • Over-ambition lead to Mass Effect: Andromeda’s greatest flaws

    The irony isn't lost on us. With Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware aimed for the stars but sadly only ended up digging itself a hole. But to truly understand the shortcomings of Andromeda, we need to go back to the beginning. According to a detailed report by Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier, after the release of Mass Effect 3 in 2012 and the conclusion of Commander Shepard's battle against the Reaper threat, Bioware decided to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. So fresh, in fact, that they decided to hand the reins over to their Montreal-based studio, instead of the main...

  • Game Critic Awards: best original games over the years

    The Game Critic Awards is an annual event that "recognises the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment". The awards are reserved for gaming titles that had a hands-on demonstration at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners being determined by individuals that represent various prominent global video game publications. In the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the winners of the various categories, providing us with a glimpse of the changing landscape of games over the last decade. In this piece we will pay homage to the champions of innovations, the Best Original...

  • 5 games we want to see at E3 2017

    Here we are once again, eagerly awaiting the arrival of that auspicious occasion known as E3 where we are provided with a glimpse of future digital dreamlands. For those who are not familiar with E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, it is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known expos is that only individuals who work in the gaming industry, such as journalists or developers, are allowed to attend. In this piece we're taking a look at a few titles we’re...

  • 3 free-to-play online-multiplayer games that deserve your attention

    In the last month or so, I've started exploring Steam's extensive library of free-to-play online-multiplayer titles in search of something that could provide me with the same level of satisfaction as the big guns (Battlefield, Call of Duty), without totally breaking the bank. Through this expedition I've discovered three gems that fit these criteria. They might not boast the graphical prowess or praise of their big league cousins, but they firmly stand their ground as immersive and entertaining multiplayer titles. Without further ado, here's a brief look at three of Steam's best free-to-play online multiplayer titles. Fistful of Frags Fistful of Frags is...

  • Outlast 2 review diary: part one

    The original Outlast still remains one the best horror games I’ve experienced (and was in fact one of the first titles I reviewed for Gearburn). Now, three and a half years later, Canadian indie studio, Red Barrels, has released the next chapter of their sinister franchise, Outlast 2. But how will it hold up to its predecessors? The previous two entries were quite unique at the time but, by now, the Outlast formula has been established: “Run, hide or die”. In this review diary I will be documenting my experience as I search for these answers… hopefully effectively supressing my fears...

  • Game Critic Awards: ‘Best of Show’ winners of the last decade

    The Game Critic Awards is an annual event that "recognises the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment". It awards gaming titles that had a hands-on demonstration at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners being determined by various prominent global video game publications. In the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the winners of the various categories, providing us with a glimpse of the changing landscape of games over the last decade. For our first piece, we will be looking at the big guns, the winners of the "Best of Show" award....