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  • Reviewed: Quantum Conundrum

    It’s been a frustrating week. Kate and Tom are getting divorced, Prometheus was only so-so, and my car broke down. But none of those experiences even came close to the frustration of playing Quantum Conundrum (QC), and I love Kate and Tom. It's not that QC is a bad game, quite the contrary: it's a good game -- ‘good’: that pesky word that wishes it was ‘great’or ‘brilliant’ but lacks punch and syllables. Hell, perhaps QC would even settle for ‘bad’ -- surely it’s better to be remembered as terrible rather than just plain old boring ‘good’? What is most puzzling...

  • Reviewed — Magic: The Gathering 2013

    Magic: The Gathering, released in the early 1990s, is the most widely played trading card game in the world. With numbers in the region of 12-million players and fans, Magic has expanded each year with new cards, rule tweaks, global tournaments and, more recently, tapping into the digital market. The aim of the game is to take out your opponent(s) by casting spells, creatures and artefacts to ultimately reduce their life to zero. The decks of cards come in different colours: green, red, blue, white and black -- these represent the type of mana a deck uses. For example, white...

  • Best of E3 2012: Gearburn Picks

    E3 2012 is done and dusted, and although the event was laden with sequels upon threequels, there was still reason to be excited. Each console had at least one attention-grabbing title whether for its use of new tech or for some clever design. Here are Gearburn’s picks of this year’s E3. Best PS3 -- Beyond: Two Souls Quantic Dream’s new motion-capture engine made ripples on the internet with their recent demo, Kara. Game developer, David Cage, along with Sony was able to showcase the real deal behind that technology with its upcoming PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls. Actress Ellen Page...

  • Dick move of the week: Wii U games will only be ‘HD ready’ at launch

    This source confirms it. Nintendo's Wii U can support full-HD, or 1080p content but at launch, none of its first-party games will support this standard full-HD format. God, Nintendo. First you screw us by flooding the market with crapware, now this. Not cool man. According to a Nintendo rep roaming the E3 floor, while the Wii U can run 1080p, hot titles like Super Mario and Pikmin will ship at 720p. This is to ensure a solid "60 FPS". Another nail in the coffin: the rep couldn't confirm or deny that Wii U titles can even be upscaled to 1080p. This means...

  • Day one of E3 2012 brings no alarms, no surprises

    We don't even know what to say. This year's E3 has been an utter disappointment for gamers. Very few new IP's, a barrage of sequels and no now hardware surprises. Let's dig into the highlights and lowlights of day one: Some are winners Splinter Cell: Blacklist seems to be one of the strongest sequels at the show. As with most sneaky-sneaky titles these days, it's all about in your face sneaking and knife-throating. And...

  • E3 roundup: Microsoft’s press conference

    Gamers, watch the Microsoft press conference live on Gearburn. The video has been embedded below. It's a pretty demanding live-stream, so for those of you who don't have the bandwidth, the highlights of the press conference have been neatly summed up. Halo 4 trailer is shown, is awesome It's announced that the Xbox is the biggest selling console in the world. Fancy New sequel announced, Splinter Cell: Blacklist FIFA 13 is demoed Trailer for Fable: The Journey is suitably epic Gears of War: Judgement is an add-on for the popular third-person shooter and is of course, brutal Sequel to Forza 4, Forza Horizon is demoed You can now use Bing to...

  • Reviewed: A real life thriller in The Dream Machine

    With an unusual art style of clay and cardboard, people might be put off The Dream Machine. What a shame that would be, because between the oddball visuals and the rough-around-the-edges gameplay lies an engrossing story that is both dark and surreal. Dr. Who? Not unlike the popular Machinarium, The Dream Machine (Cockroach Inc.) has the guise of a straightforward point-and-click adventure, yet it has startling aspects that make it well worth your gaming while. Coming out episodically in five chapters of which three are already available, the game’s unusual claymation aesthetic, its eerie atmosphere, not to mention its dark and...

  • Wii U welcomes web wonderland

    Nintendo's E3 2012 pre-announcement singles out the Wii U and cements its position as a major player in the online arena. Let's all welcome the Miiverse, Nintendo's online arena which is in our opinion too little, too late. Nintendo grand poo-bah Satoru Iwata says of the Wii U, "Some people may wonder if Wii U is a simple evolution of Wii or something completely different. I think maybe the best answer is...

  • 10 top games coming to E3 2012

    Enough talk, more games. E3 2012 is tomorrow and these are the top titles expected to make a showing at the world's largest console and gaming show. Battlefield 3: Close Quarters and Battlefield 3: Armoured Kill Around these parts, we like to call Battlefield 3 multiplayer "the best shit ever made". As for the single player, meh. Anyway, there are two updates to the multiplayer. One is the very Call of Duty Close Quarters and...

  • E3 rumour roundup

    E3 2012, that super slick video game extravaganza is hurtling towards us like a bat out of hell. There's plench rumours about what we can expect from the world’s biggest gaming expo. We've got our top five (and pretty plausible) rumours, ranging from most likely to "hell no". This is the Gear's opinion, so don't shoot the messenger. Sony price cuts -- E3 and the console price war are pretty much synonymous and for gamers it's always a good thing....