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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • Better Late Than Never: we review Stardew Valley, Inside & Stellaris

    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 three very distinct and vastly different titles: the light-hearted and addictive Stardew Valley, the beautifully sinister Inside and Stellaris, an immersive and remarkably thorough space adventure. Stellaris Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy game that takes place in the year 2200, developed by Paradox Developent Studios, who are well known for their work in the grand strategy sphere. This is their first title that takes place in a futuristic ...

  • Event 0 [PC] review: I compute, therefore I am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I initially booted Event 0 (stylised as Event), a short but poignant first-person narrative exploration game by Ocelot Society. All I knew was that I would spend most of my time conversing with a spaceship’s artificial intelligence named Kaizen. This meant I was probably going to do a lot of reading and typing, not activities I would usually associate with video games. I could not help but think: can a game that revolves this much around typing, something that many of us would regard as mundane, actually be any good? Well the answer is yes....

  • Game Jolt Vault: Dystopixelia, Night Blights & The Very Organized Thief

    “Game Jolt Vault” is a new series where Gearburn explores and reviews the vast wealth of titles hidden within one of the web’s largest indie game depositories, gamejolt.com. 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. Indie developers and their titles are the champions that will lead the world of gaming into the future. It is their ingenuity and creativity that will change the landscape of gaming and provide us with unique virtual experiences to enjoy. All the games featured...

  • Virginia [PC] review: interactive cinema at its finest

    I’ve started writing this review mere moments after I’ve finished Virginia. Its eerie yet beautiful experience still lingers within my mind, my thoughts a distorted amalgam of “why’s” and “what if’s”. What have I just experienced? I honestly have no idea, but I liked it. Or rather I’ve spent the last two hours immersed in one of the most captivating and beautifully bizarre digital experiences I’ve encountered… and I absolutely loved every second of it. Virginia is a narrative-driven first-person mystery game created by Variable State Games. The story takes place over the course of a few days in a fictionalized...

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...

  • 4 drone examples that push the boundaries of technology

    In the past two decades, the world has witnessed an immense evolution in the sphere of drone technologies. What use to be the stuff of science-fiction has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. From commercial camera drones to man-killing hunter drones, this hi-tech gadget with its endless array of possibilities for real-world applications is rapidly integrating itself into human society. In this article, we will explore some of the most interesting drone designs out there so that you can get an idea of what the future might one day look like. Lily Drone: a drone for autonomous selfies,...

  • South Park, Mafia & Dishonored: 5 games yet to come in 2016

    So far, 2016 has provided us with a decent array of gaming titles to indulge in. From the prehistoric wilderness of Far Cry: Primal (review) to the beautifully minimalistic cityscape of Mirror's Edge Catalyst (review), we've been treated to hours upon hours of quality gaming. But what's done is done and while we are eternally grateful for these experiences, as gamers we cannot help but wonder what the future landscape of gaming has in store for us. Well, by the looks of it, 2016 still has a lot of digital adventures for us to undertake and the best might still be on the...

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • No Man’s Sky: here’s what you should know

    It's been over two years since Hello Games announced No Man's Sky at E3 2014 and has since become one of the most highly-anticipated and hyped titles ever. That comes as no surprise though, as the recipe for this super space exploration sim provides us with all the ingredients a modern gamer seeks, and more. Exploration, discovery, ownership, combat and space… lots and lots of space. Related: Latest No Man’s Sky trailer showcases zany space-fighting mechanics To say that No Man's Sky is an open world game is a severe understatement. The sheer magnitude of its universe almost rivals our own, and...

  • Welcome To The Game review: a dark net thriller

    Welcome to the Game is a first person/desktop horror title created by Reflect Studios, the same indie developers responsible for the currently-in-development and equally creepy Rides with Strangers. In this title, your aim is to scour the dark web (aka the shadow web or dark net) in search for the “Red Room”, described by the game as “a hidden service on the Deep Web to see and participate in interactive torture and murder.” Pretty screwed up, right? You will have thirty days to uncover the location of the the Red Room before it expires, after which your opportunity to vent your...