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Games

  • 5 Great puzzlers for iOS

    Touch technology has given new life to the puzzler. Phones and tablets afford these games a crisp resolution that puts Mario to shame, great sound through your headphones, and a compactness that means you can solve away anywhere you are. It is this new intimacy of gaming that inspires our list of the top five iOS puzzle games. Contre Jour -- artistic design for the eyeball in everyone Hot on the heels of Cut the Rope, comes publisher Chillingo’s latest offering -- Contre Jour. Put on your headphones and indulge in an interactive experience that is both challenging and a...

  • Xbox Live may be coming to Android and iOS

    Microsoft could be on the verge of launching Xbox Live for devices running Android and iOS. The move has the potential to put the Redmond-based company’s online gaming service into the hands of a vast number of new customers. To date, Xbox Live has only been available on phones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS -- which holds a relatively small share of the smartphone market. Speaking to Forbes, a Microsoft representative recently...

  • Three (indie) reasons to use Steam

    Steam has transformed the industry. As the most comprehensive games digital distribution platform available, they’ve created a space for indie developers to flourish. Recent years have seen some fantastic indie titles get the exposure they deserve, simply thanks to Valve and Steam. Here are three games that best portray the value of the mighty indie and give good reason for why big studio titles aren’t the only way forward. Gemini Rue (Available through Steam or on the official site) Gemini Rue came out officially in February 2011. After being launched at the 2010 Independent Games Festival it picked up a publisher...

  • Gearburn’s pick — top MMO’s

    Almost every game is now online-enabled, but the likes of Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 lack the gentle interaction and community aspect of massive multiplayer online games, better known as MMO's. We've picked the very best of the current crop of MMO's. World of Warcraft Eight years of success and hundreds of updates have produced an MMO which the competition continues to lovingly emulate. Its latest update, Cataclysm increased the level cap to 85 and recently, WoW became free-to-play. Cost: Free to play until level 20, then US$14 per month. Star Wars: The Old Republic Hyped to the nth degree, did SWTOR live...

  • 10 games to look forward to in 2012

    Look, 2011 was a great year for gaming, but it's over now, and all that's in the past. It's time, therefore, to look forward and see what 2012 has on offer. The industry continues to flourish and develop in these exciting times for virtual entertainment, and it seems this year will be no different. With some of the most exciting sequels coming out in years, here is our list of the most anticipated games of 2012. Max Payne 3 (PS3, XBOX 360, PC) I’m a huge fan of the Max Payne series -- it really spoke to the angst-ridden teenager inside...

  • Top Ten Non-Shooters of 2011

    With endless shooters dominating the market, the more discerning gamer might want more from his game of the year nominees. Yes, 2011 was a great year for shooters, but what about those other pesky genres? Surely four hour campaigns and glossy graphics can’t be all that there is to this cruel gaming life? Luckily there is! And so on with our best non-shooters of 2011. Batman: Arkham City (PS3, XBOX 360, PC) Batman: Arkham Asylum was unlucky to lose out on game of the year 2009. It had some stiff competition and Uncharted 2 (the winner) was simply amazing. For this...

  • ‘Shigeru Miyamoto retiring’ clobbers Nintendo

    Shigeru Miyamoto, visionary godfather of Nintendo, and creator of The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Mario is not retiring, or stepping down to take “a smaller role in the company”. Miyamoto was quoted during a rant at the Nintendo offices where he was reportedly saying, “I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire.” In a clear indictment of perceptions that Nintendo has no creative depth left, stock prices for Nintendo instantly fell by two percent. Miyamoto quickly went on record to correct his mistake, "I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean...

  • Review: Infinity Blade II

    The gentle learning curve of mobile gaming is ever-present with Infinity Blade II, the sequel to the addictive, but repetitive, swords and sorcery adventure for iOS. Gone is the repetition (kind of), replaced by a branching structure which turns the once-linear cycle of death and rebirth into a whimsical, steel-plated action. Let me explain. A winning formula Infinity Blade II is all about death. Dying evolves your character, and each time you fight your way to the God King (or a similarly cool-looking boss) and are unceremoniously struck down, you begin again, but retain your items and statistics. Your nameless, gibberish-spewing...

  • The Ten Best Shooters of 2011

    2011 was an exceptionally strong year for shooters. The lineup below will be hard to top come 2012. OK, we say that every year: best game ever, how do you top THAT? And they do. But really, 2011 was an amazing year for shooters. How can they top these bad boys? Read on, for our top shooters of 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Selling millions of copies and remaining as the number one cross-format videogame is no reason to call this “the best game ever”. It deserves that praise based purely on butter-smooth gameplay, razor-sharp multiplayer and addictive-as-crack...

  • Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

    Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way. Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting features in the latest edition.   Dragon Souls In Skyrim, you don’t want dragon hides; you want dragon souls. Hide doesn’t go for...