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  • Nintendo Labo: a DIY hardware kit for Nintendo Switch [Update]

    Nintendo promised to announce some intriguing news late yesterday, and we've finally got it in the form of Nintendo Labo. The product category, split into two distinct packages, is essentially a DIY cardboard hardware kit that integrates the Nintendo Switch and/or controllers into final creations. The first package (or Toy-Con) is the US$70 Variety Kit, allowing you to make up to five different creations from the included cardboard parts. These five creations include RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a piano. And all of these integrate the Switch, Joy-Con controllers and included software in varying ways. The second...

  • Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 are latest backwards compatible Xbox games

    The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature is super impressive, delivering over 400 compatible Xbox 360 games on the current-generation console. But Microsoft continues to work with publishers to get more games into the programme, and the most recent additions are pretty notable. This week, we see Far Cry 2, Sniper Elite V2 and Driver San Francisco making the cut, being compatible whether you have a physical copy or digital download. Far Cry 2 marked the first time that Ubisoft took over the franchise from Crytek, standing out thanks to its African setting, fire propogation features and constantly respawning guard posts. Sniper Elite V2...

  • 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...

  • People with big hands rejoice: OG Xbox Duke controller returns

    The Xbox controllers weren't always comfortable devices. In fact, when the original Xbox launched in 2001, it shipped with the gigantic 'Duke' controller. The gamepad was panned by numerous outlets and many consumers -- Microsoft even introduced a smaller 'Xbox Controller 'S' for Asian audiences. The smaller controller would eventually become the standard input method around the world, but it's fair to say that the original gamepad had its supporters. Now, it's emerged that the Xbox One would be receiving a revived Duke Controller, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Hyperkin and Xbox godfather Seamus Blackley. The controller comes with Microsoft's blessing and will launch...

  • ICYMI: all the Nintendo Switch games from Nintendo Direct Mini

    The latest Nintendo Direct video went live yesterday, giving us a good look at what to expect for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Missed the video? Here are all the upcoming games that got airtime... The World Ends With You Final Remix TWEWY is one of the best handheld games ever produced, helping to establish the Nintendo DS as a juggernaut too. Now, the action RPG is coming to the Switch, delivering spruced up visuals, a new epilogue and rejigged controls. There's no specific launch date outside of "2018". So we can probably expect more news at E3. Dark Souls Remastered It was leaked in the hours and...

  • Bridge Constructor Portal, Civ 6: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's been a long break, but we're back with a look at the world of mobile games again. And we've got a few big-hitting entries this week. Our noteworthy picks include Civilization 6 and Bridge Constructor Portal. But scroll down for the full rundown! Sid Meier's Civilization 6 (paid - iOS) It's been available on PC since 2016, but December 2017 also saw Sid Meier's latest title come to Apple's mobile platform. Civilization 6 is indeed...

  • 8 VR games to look forward to in 2018

    2016 and 2017 saw a ton of hype around VR in gaming, as Sony launched its PSVR, Google launched Daydream and established PC VR headsets marched on. The hype seems to be dying down now, but what about the gaming library? There are quite a few titles coming out in 2018, so we picked a few noteworthy titles to watch... GORN It's in Early Access already, but we kick things off with South African title GORN, from Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting). The title essentially sees players acting out their gladiatorial fantasies, makes heavy use of physics and gore in the process. At...

  • These iPhones, iPads won’t play Pokemon Go anymore

    It might not be dominating headlines anymore, but Pokemon Go still enjoys a large and loyal audience. But Apple-toting Pokemon trainers might want to read on, as developer Niantic Labs announced that it was killing support for older iOS devices on 28 February. "In an upcoming update to Pokemon Go, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models," Niantic wrote on its website. "This change is a result of improvements to Pokemon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such...

  • VRChat: could this viral creation be VR’s killer app?

    VR enjoyed a resurgence in the last few years, as technology caught up and allowed for some truly immersive experiences. But as the hype dies down, it could be argued that killer apps are still thin on the ground. Enter VRChat. The application, available on Steam, allows community members to chat with each other, complete with avatars, full body tracking, hand tracking, emojis, emotes and more. There are also a few minigames to play, such as Capture the Flag and "battle discs". But VRChat's greatest strength has to be its open nature, encouraging users to create their own minigames, scenarios, worlds,...

  • Nvidia announces BFGD: swanky monitors with integrated Shield

    CES 2018 has kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and it was Nvidia that held a pre-show conference to announce its wares. And the headline consumer announcement was its BFGD (big format gaming displays) range of monitors. Created in partnership with Asus, Acer and HP, the BFGD monitors combine "a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with Nvidia G-Sync technology together with Nvidia Shield", read an excerpt of the announcement on its website. Between the large screen size, G-Sync tech, 4K support and HDR capabilities, it seems like the BFGD range isn't skimping on specs then. But it's the Nvidia Shield integration that also makes...