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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 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....

  • Better Late Than Never: we review ‘Night in the Woods’ and ‘The Bucket Detective’

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at two vastly different titles, both connected by their unique approaches to gaming: the breathtakingly beautiful Night in the Woods and the severely bizarre Bucket Detective. Night in the Woods Night in the Woods (NITW) is an incredible game. There’s just no other way of putting it. From the moment I entered its enchanting world to the very last, I was absolutely captivated. Spell-binding music scores accompany gorgeous visuals,...

  • Frostrune [PC] review: beautiful in every way

    Frostrune is a captivating point-and-click adventure developed by Norwegian developers, Grimnir Media, set in a world heavily inspired by Norse and Viking mythology. I honestly can't recall the last time I encountered a game so gorgeous it took my breath away. From the ethereal beauty of its music and hand painted artwork to the hypnotic charm of its narrative, Frostrune is an experience that will linger in my mental recesses for quite some time to come. It is the summer of 965. You take on the role of a thirteen year old girl (who remains nameless for most of the game)...

  • Meet APSARA: a cardboard drone for humanitarian emergencies

    In recent years, drones have slowly cemented themselves as an integral part of our future, providing us with a whole new dimension of possibilities. One of the latest additions to the drone family is the APSARA drone, a drone designed to potentially deliver supplies such as medicine in humanitarian crises. The APSARA drone, formally known as the "Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions" drone, is the creation of San Francisco-based robotics company, Otherlab. The project started as a challenge to Otherlab by DARPA, who also helped fund the project under its ICARUS programme, to design a single-use drone that will carry...

  • Urban Empire (PC) review: be the master and destroyer of worlds

    Urban Empire combines various elements of the citybuilder and political sim genres to create something the Finnish developer Reborn Games calls a “City Ruler”. This is a fascinating approach but one that produces a very complex and demanding gameplay experience as you are essentially playing two games at once. This also adds a healthy dose of unpredictability, something I’ve always appreciated in games. One moment your city will be flourishing and the next you will struggle to get it out of debt while simultaneously battling to win the election. Urban Empire can be a frustrating and unforgiving title, but for...