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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • Total War: Warhammer review: meticulous attention to detail

    To start off, I think it's important to mention that I’ve never been a great fan of strategy games. That's probably because I’ve always severely sucked at them. Now take that into consideration coupled with my head-over-heels love for this title, and I would say that’s a fair reflection of its brilliance. The aptly named Total War: Warhammer was born out of the alliance of two legendary strategy franchises, Total War and (you guessed it) Warhammer. The Total War games are known for historically-based famous war campaigns such as the exploits of Napoleon or Attila the Hun. So you can imagine...

  • Nostalgia, vikings and facial hair: what I loved about E3 2016

    Once again we have been treated to another E3, and as always it feels even more spectacular than the one before. But each year brings with it its own special moments and 2016 was no exception. In this list I will be going through some of my favourite moments of this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the expo, here’s a brief description for some context. E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, 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...

  • Mirror’s Edge retrospective: a story of Faith

    I’m sure most of us can recall that auspicious day in late 2008 when the gaming gods blessed us with the original Mirror's Edge. It was like nothing we had ever seen before, a captivating experience that kept us on the edge of our seats and provided us with one of the greatest female leads in gaming. Now, almost a decade later, we can once again wear the nimble shoes of Faith with the release of Mirror's Edge: Catalyst. Just to recap, in short, Mirror's Edge is a first-person title where you use your cat-like “parkour” skills to manoeuvre past a...

  • Do you agree with the 2016 Video Game Hall of Fame inductees?

    The Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame that celebrates and recognizes various electronic game titles (arcade, computer, console, handheld, mobile) that “exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general”. This hall of fame was established on June 4, 2015 by The Strong’s National Museum of Play, a highly interactive and collections-based museum based in Rochester, New York. It is currently one of the largest museums in the United States and boasts the world’s greatest collection of historical materials related to the art of “play”. For a title to be...

  • This battery breakthrough could change the world

    I’m sure most of us can recall quite a few situations where we wished that battery technology was a bit more evolved. Whether it’s that dreaded low battery beep we hear on our energy thirsty smartphones or our Xbox remotes that decide to die in the middle of a tense game, we’ve always had a love-hate relationship with batteries. Well it seems the battery gods have heard our call and bestowed upon us a miracle. Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) may have discovered a way to drastically increase the life of modern day batteries. And the best part...

  • Reviewing The Classics: we play Duke Nukem 3D (1996)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, Wiehahn has a look at the deliciously brutish Duke Nukem 3D, an iconic first person shooter that taught us all about cheesy one-liners and kicking alien ass. Hail to the King Baby! To start this review off, I have to note that I'm struggling to contain the deep wells of nostalgia that I have for this title. Duke Nukem 3D was as much a part...

  • Between Me And The Night review: lucid dreaming

    Between Me and the Night is Lisbon-based indie studio, Raindance LX’s, first released title and I must admit that I was quite impressed with their surrealistic point-and-click adventure. Although the game is not without its downfalls, it successfully delves into some deep and sometimes unnerving narrative themes, and with a depth I seldom experience in AAA titles. Personally, it is another testament that indie developers are the pioneers that will discover the future landscapes of gaming. Between Me and the Night might not be perfect but it does make me incredibly excited to see what these developers will do next. Story...

  • Sheltered & Life In Bunker dual-review: Steam’s survival of the fittest

    While everyone has been running around in the primitive landscapes of Far Cry: Primal, I have taken to the harsh environments of the post-apocalypse. On this journey through desolate digital landscapes I have encountered two interesting titles, one a gloomy 16-bit adventure in the wastelands of Earth and another a colourful experience taking place in deep underground bunkers. While both deal with similar subject matter, their approaches are worlds apart. Hopefully this review will help you choose your path into the post-apocalypse. One thing is for sure though, we’re all heading to the end of the world. Sheltered Release Date: 15 March...

  • Superhot review: when I move you move

    I’ve always been a great fan of the first-person shooter genre. As much as I love games with captivating narratives and mesmerizing concepts, there is just something… almost meditative (for lack of a better word) about mindlessly planting a plethora of bullets in my digital adversaries. But one has to admit that the genre has become repetitively stale in recent times and that it has been awhile since a title has successfully challenged the current recipe of shooters. Superhot is one game that aims to breathe some new life back into the FPS genre and it pulls it off surprisingly...

  • Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods expansion, new formats incoming

    Hearthstone recently celebrated its two-year anniversary (11 March) and with it its creator Blizzard revealed that the popular free-to-play online digital collectible card game will be going through some massive changes. Apart from the new soon-to-be implemented format system that was announced last month, Hearthstone will also be releasing its third expansion, namely Whispers of the Old Gods. Now before we get to the exciting business of a new expansion, let’s take a look at Hearthstone’s new format system. New Wild and Standard Formats Hearthstone’s new format system will be implemented in an attempt to make the game more inviting to new...