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  • Max Payne 3 lifts the lid on Bullet Time secrets

    Max Payne 3, releasing 15 May has served up yet another behind the scenes video. Viddy this droogs as "Bullet Time" is explained in details. Rockstar says it has "evolved the modern shooter through AI, cover systems, design and targeting." The video goes into full details of the sketchy late-90s special-effect which was overused excessively in films such as The Matrix. Bullet Time is the signature move from Max Payne. With a click...

  • Hands on: Diablo 3 Beta

    With less than six weeks until Diablo 3 hits our shelves, it seems the perfect time to take a look at the latest version of the beta -- a real treat with a bag of tricks.  Gloomy Watercolours The first noticeable aspect of Diablo 3 (D3) as it stands is its simplicity. Blizzard has refined everything from the skills system to the menus, to such an extent that the result is uncluttered and unadulterated fun. The graphics won’t blow you away at first, but the gloomy watercolours presented show off an art design that is both dark (as the fans wanted) and...

  • Indie darling Fez drops onto XBLA 13 April

    We've harped on about Fez before on Gearburn. Simply put, it's one of the most exciting independent games ever made. On 13 April, Fez will launch on Xbox Live (XBLA) for the price of 800 Microsoft Points, or US$10. No other platforms have been considered, for now. Fez is all about the Zen-like trip through three-dimensions. The adorable pixel art plays to the strengths of Fez, letting the player rotate the 2D world...

  • Mozilla shows off HTML 5, other new tech with MMORPG

    Mozilla, in cooperation with French developer Little Workshop, launched a new MMORPG called BrowserQuest today to demonstrate what developers can do with HTML5, WebSocket, Canvas and other advanced web technologies, including Node.js. The game, which is actually quite fun in its own right, should work with virtually every modern desktop browser (except for Internet Explorer), as well as Safari on iOS and Firefox on Android. The mobile version is, in Mozilla's words, "more experimental," but should be seen as "an early glimpse of what kind of games will be coming to the mobile Web in the future." The one technology...

  • The Red Planet blues in Waking Mars

    Puzzle-based exploration flourishes in this unique game for iOS. Impressive interface, controls and ambience make this a must play despite its awkward length and uninspiring plot. Waking Mars is a flawed treat. Waking Mars comes out for iOS amidst a sea of casual games in the mobile gaming world. It is that rare thing: a long-form game. Clocking in at 6-10 hours, depending on your ecological proficiency, game developer Tiger Style’s latest offering is unique in every way, for its sins. Pacifist Gaming It is 2097, and humans have discovered life on Mars. Contrary to many Mars-based movies, a small team...

  • Review: Angry Birds Space — zero-G pig smashing at its best

    When you’re following up on a game with a pedigree like Angry Birds, you'd better bring your A-game. Is Angry Birds Space, the zero-gravity sequel to Angry Birds, Rovio’s next million-selling app? It’s a tricky question, which I've tried my best to answer below. Beam me up, Piggy Angry Birds Space is, first and foremost, a genuine sequel to Angry Birds, not a sub-sequel such as Seasons or Rio. It’s a new theme, with new characters and slightly overhauled graphics. On the iPhone 4S or iPad 2, the graphics are dreamy. Super-smooth trails of fire burn behind the red bird as...

  • 3 Great free iPhone games of the day — Save $4

    Check out these great iPhone/iPad games that have been reduced to zero dollars. Snap them up and save four smackeroos. Enjoy. Geared -- US$0.99 FREE Geared is a really addictive puzzle game where you have to place different sized gears with the aim of reaching and turning each level’s blue gear. The difficulty increases as you progress through the levels and you’ll find yourself having to deal with no drop zones, new obstacles and turning multiple blue gears at the same time. Geared has been around for a while now and even has a sequel out, but if you haven’t caught on...

  • Angry Birds Space goes live

    Angry Birds Space is available now. Rovio has officially released the latest game in its series, for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC. The company says this is the first time it has done an integrated launch, making mechandise, books -- yes that’s right Angry Birds books -- and animation all going live at the same time. Rovio claims that Angry Birds Space takes...

  • Review round-up: Blades of Time, SSX, MGS: HD

    Gearburn knows that you don’t have time to play every game out there, that’s why we’ve created a trio of reviews, bite-sized portions to sink your teeth into. Blades of Time, SSX and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection are all new for the Xbox 360, so let’s see which ones captured our gaming hearts. All games were reviewed on Xbox 360 Blades of Time Blades of Time is utter nonsense, and a derivative rip-off of Tomb Raider, Bayonette and whatever other third-person adventure you can think of. Created by the oddly named Gaijin Entertainment (Gaijin meaning “alien” or “foreigner”), Blades of Time...

  • Somewhere between Call of Duty, gamers get girls [Infographic]

    I suppose no matter how far we evolve in our perception of what is cool there will be stragglers who still find geekdom hard to comprehend and wonder why any girl would give a geek the time of day. Anyone who watches The Big Bang Theory will find reason to agree and disagree that sentiment. With all the World of warcrafting, Halo and Mass effecting going on are these geek boys too...