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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 6 video game remakes to look out for in 2018

    It seems we're set for yet another wave of nostalgia to hit us in 2018. From remakes to remasters, the gaming world of old is being reborn in our modern age, feeding our contemporary predilection for nostalgia and, in the process, hoping to capture the hearts and imaginations of an entirely new generation. What follows is a list, compiled through vigorous contemplation, of the six video game remakes you need to watch out for in 2018… Age of Empires: Definitive Edition The original Age of Empires (1997) was one of the most influential and iconic real time strategy (RTS) titles released since...

  • 6 online multiplayer and co-op video games coming in 2018

    In the last few years, humanity's thirst for online gaming has been growing at a staggering rate. So much so in fact that, at the time of writing this article, each of the ten 'Top Sellers' on Steam  boasts some form of online multiplayer (with less than half even providing a game mode in the single player arena). While this is an exciting prospect, as we'll probably never run out of games to digitally murder or shame our friends in, this also means that we're faced with an overwhelmingly massive and ever-growing list (a severe understatement) of potential multiplayer titles...

  • Wiehahn’s most anticipated RPGs of 2018

    Can you feel that familiar excitement, that buzz of anticipation that grips us at the turn of every new year? A brave new world awaits us in 2018. Before us lies a vast digital landscape of potential gaming experiences, some that will change our lives and others that will send us furiously rioting down the streets. What better way to immerse ourselves in the pixelated essence of 2018 than forsaking reality for the fantastical adventures of role-playing games? Well, if you’re reading this, the chance is good you already know the answer: There is none. So let’s stop wasting time...

  • The best indie games of 2017

    This is always a hard list to write. With the sheer amount of indie games released on a daily basis, it's humanly impossible to get your hands on all of them, let alone play them! Fortunately, fuelled by my borderline-ludicrous obsession with indie games, I've managed to cross a good few from my backlog. As this year draws closer to its end, bidding its final farewell, it is time to look back and celebrate our beloved industry and the breathtaking and captivating titles it has birthed. Each game on this list deserves it place and I'll do my best to present...

  • 4 game franchises celebrating their 20th birthday in 2017

    The video game industry has always been one of uncertainty, fragility, and ephemerality. Through the years, many titles have vied for that theoretical digital crown, and while some might have thrown mighty and notable punches, only a considerable few still draw breath today. In this piece we will celebrate these few champions, four gaming franchises that all had their humble start in 1997, exactly twenty years ago, and today can still claim to stand with their heads held high. Gran Turismo Gran Turismo is one of the most iconic racing games in video game history. Since its release in late December 1997,...

  • Your November gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of November 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Russia uses game screenshot to "prove" connection between US and ISIS In a seedy attempt to prove that the US is...

  • Shattered Realms: a local tribute to classic brawlers

    Newly founded Cape Town studio Kopskop Games has released the alpha demo for their debut title, Shattered Realms, a title the devs describe as a "love letter to yesteryear's brawlers, with today's fighting game tech". While playing Shattered Realms, I often found myself recalling Capcom classics like Street Fighter II and Final Fight III. Think high-flying combos, perpetually increasing swarms of enemies, and gorgeous nostalgia-inducing pixel art. I also specifically mention these two games because Shattered Realms tries to nestle itself in that sweet spot between a beat 'em up and a versus fighter, and, so far, achieves it rather...

  • Your October gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of October 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Epic Games sues Fortnite Cheaters Earlier this month Epic Games sued two cheaters in Fortnite's recently-released battle royale mode. The...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    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 the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Your September gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of September 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issues. SAG-AFTRA strike reaches conclusion For the past year, voice-actors of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists...