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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • Layers of Fear review: enter the sinister

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to play an Early Access version of Layers of Fear, a narrative driven first-person horror title created by Polish developer Blooper Team SA. Even though it was still in development, the game already boasted tremendous polish, and provided me with one of the most remarkable horror experiences I’ve had in gaming. Needless to say, when I discovered that Blooper Team had released their final version of Layers of Fear in February 2016, I couldn‘t wait to return to this artfully demented experience. But how would it hold up against my first experience? Could...

  • Explaining LIGO: detecting colliding black holes and gravitational waves

    Feature image: The LIGO Facility in Hanford, Washington As most of you have probably heard by now, two astonishing discoveries have recently been made (or rather one discovery leading to another discovery) by the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) facilities in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington. The first and most anticipated discovery was the first ever detection of gravitational waves, a phenomenon that was theorized by Albert Einstein over a century ago as part of his Theory of Relativity. It may also be interesting to note that this is the only theory of Einstein that, up until now, has never been...

  • Firewatch review: breathtaking isolation

    I’m not sure where to start describing this game. In my mere five hours with Firewatch I went through more experiences and feelings than with any colossal sixty hour AAA-title that I can recall. And to tell you the truth, I barely did anything more than run around in the woods and use my walkie-talkie. From the moment I walked into its digital wilderness till the ending credits, Firewatch had me unwaveringly captivated. I’ll have to admit that I am rather inclined to story-driven titles and that may be why I express such enthusiasm for this game. If you don’t really...

  • Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected

    We're on the verge of a new chapter in the world of technology. Across planet Earth, great minds are collaborating and competing to build the hypothetical bridge into a new dimension, the mystical and mysterious landscape of virtual reality (VR). Among these technological wizards, two definitive leaders have emerged: Facebook-owned Oculus with the Oculus Rift and the Valve/HTC collaboration in the HTC Vive. Both have shown great promise in shaping the future of VR. Now let’s take a look at how their two devices stack up against each other and what influence they may have on the untold future. Brief Overview Oculus Rift Release...

  • Battleborn: here’s everything we know so far

    Battleborn is an upcoming first-person Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) title currently in development at Gearbox Software, the same people who brought us the brilliantly twisted Borderlands series, and is set be released on 3 May of this year. It's the first IP from Gearbox since the Borderlands series, so it's a pretty big deal. Through the duration of this article I will explore the various facts and clues I have discovered in my multiple excursions into the internet in the hopes of shedding as much light as possible on this highly anticipated title. One thing that I can say without a...

  • Mass Effect, Deus Ex and No Man’s Sky: 5 huge games to look out for in 2016

    Once again our great spaceship known as Earth has finished its trip around the Sun and with it ushers in the next expansion of our beloved digital realm. From the continuation of great gaming franchises such as Deus Ex and Mirror’s Edge to the arrival of some new kids on the block like No Man’s Sky, it seems 2016 has a lot in store for us. Here’s a list of five titles that caught our attention. Also, let me just add that this list is in no way a final say on the matter. If you feel there are other titles...

  • We review: Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    Last year, William Pugh, co-creator of the very unique and eccentric The Stanley Parable, announced the opening of his new game studio, Crows Crows Crows. Along with this news he also released a mysterious and rather complex mini-game that he claimed was a teaser for his latest soon-to-be-released title. This teaser game took you on a detective style browser adventure filled with various hints and clues, some very hidden, to solve a grand mystery. With the fact that this was supposed to be a teaser for the new game in mind, most drew the conclusion that the actual title will...

  • The best indie games of 2015

    Once again it is almost time for us to wave goodbye to another year, forcefully having to accept the perpetual nature of time. It can be nerve wrecking to see the days and months fly off the calendar, each year seeming to pass by faster and faster. But before this year passes and forever becomes a thing of the past we would like to commemorate five of the best indie games of 2015, a year that has brought as some truly unique, captivating and innovative titles. Let us pay tribute to these wonderful titles for they do not only mark how...

  • Hard West review: the Wild West Warsaw style

    I’m not sure why Western-themed games are so rare. It’s a genre and time that we can more or less relate to, but just distant enough it to retain an element of mystery -- a balance that sounds perfect for a game. Thankfully, the ambitious Hard West aims to fill this gap, and does it surprisingly well. Developed by Warsaw-based studio Creative Forge, this turn-based strategy title boasts a strong narrative and immersive gameplay. Admittedly, it is not without its shortcomings but is undeniably still a title that is well worth your time. So unholster your six-shooter and throw on your...

  • 5 of the best Fallout 4 mods around

    It’s nearly been a month since the release of Fallout 4 and, by the looks of it, fallout-fever is still going strong. But by now a lot of us have explored nearly every inch of the wasteland and what used to be a heart-stopping Deathclaw encounter has now become nothing more than a routine extermination. Thankfully though, if you’re getting bored with Bethesda’s take on Fallout 4 then there is a wonderland of mods that can spice up the experience and reinvigorate that initial excitement you felt the first time you entered post-apocalyptic Boston. Read more: Fallout 4 review: radioactive fun So,...