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  • Diablo 3 drops 15 May

    Very little needs to be said about this. After what feels like decades, Diablo III is coming on 15 May. Draw the curtains, fill up on the Mountain Dew and lock yourself in gaming geeks of the world. In terms of launch announcements, only a Half Life 3 announcement could possibly excite gamers as much as this. Do what the adverts says and "pre-purchase now and be ready for to play when the servers go live." Interested in a Diablo III pre-purchase? Amazon is now accepting pre-orders. Even easier, pre-order the digital copy direct from Blizzard. Follow Gearburn on Twitter

  • iOS game of the month — Beat Sneak Bandit

    As a new initiative for Gearburn I’ll be doing a review of the iOS game of the month going on the ratings of aggregator site Metacritic February has just wrapped up so it somehow makes sense to start there, and so with a whopping 93 out of a possible 100 our February iOS game of the month is the rhythm-based puzzle game Beat Sneak Bandit. Game developer Simogo’s latest offering is so cheesy it shouldn’t be accessible. With Beat Sneak’s polished, yet kitsch, presentation along with its ambitious concept to play to the beat, it could have easily tripped over its...

  • Fez drops surreal and enchanting trailer

    This is possibly the best gaming trailer you’ll see all day, and it’s for the awe-inspiring, perspective-defying 2D/3D platformer, Fez. In development for over five years now, Fez is the creation of two geniuses who clearly love gaming, namely Phil Fish and Renaud Bédard. Similar to games such as Paper Mario, Fez plays out like no platform game you have played before, as perspective constantly shifts from 2D to 3D. Why has Fez taken...

  • OMG: Portal + Mario = Mari0

    Aaaaaahhhhh! You LOVE Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. and you LOVE Valve’s Portal. Now... love THIS: Mari0. Last September, the world saw the beginnings of a mashup by indie game developer Stabyourself which aimed to unite the two venerable franchises and now my friends, it’s here. With Mari0, the world’s favourite old platformer gets re-imagined with Portal gun mechanics. You’ll find the familiar Super Mario Bros. 8-bit graphics and levels from the haze of our NES youth, but instead of shooting fireballs and dodging enemies, you brandish a portal gun, turning the age-old platformer into a bona fide platform-puzzler. Shoot a portal...

  • 5 of the best FPS for iOS

    Shooters are the defining benchmark for consoles. How has this bombastic genre translated to iOS? We take a look at the current kings of the hill for iPad and iPhone. N.O.V.A. 2 – US$6.99 Halo-inspired N.O.V.A. 2 is a blueprint for how other FPS’ should be made for iOS. The game is nothing short of inspired, with some of the most frantic shooting action on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Graphics-wise, N.O.V.A. 2 is hard to top and while it may not make use of the Unreal engine, its own proprietary engine manages to knock out the action at a...

  • Tegra 3 GPU delivers console-level gaming to your mobile device

    Tablet and mobile gaming, the final frontier. Can mobile gaming surpass consoles with the Tegra 3 GPU? Nvidia hopes so, and with the advent of the Fujitsu quad core Tegra 3 prototype phone, mobile gaming is about to get a kick up its ass. The Mobile World Conference is the venue for Tegra 3 goodness and a barrage of titles has been unveiled. Games which have been announced include Sonic the Hedgehog Episode...

  • 5 Games that would make great films

    Game adaptations: the forbidden sin. Hardly done well, and well worth missing. Despite the watchable Silent Hill and fun Resident Evil series, the rest are just plain awful. So let’s not focus on game movies that already exist, but rather take a look at five great games that would translate well to the big screen. Portal The Game Portal is one of the most creative first person uh, shooters, to have come out in the last decade. Portal took environmental puzzles to the next level; it actually built them into the game-mechanics with the portal gun. Originally a mod of the Half-Life...

  • Kickstarting a Double Fine Adventure

    The most successful Kickstarter pledge is under way -- happening right now folks. And what a pledge it is -- the promise of an original adventure game, a fringe genre by today’s standards -- backed by you and me, the fans. Could this be a new direction for gaming publishing forever? Probably not, but it does send a message to big publishers – that there are alternatives to getting funded and distributed, so what are you gonna do about it? And that is the question everyone should be asking: how will the middle men of the gaming industry adapt? The Big...

  • Gearburn picks: 5 Great social games for iOS

    Social games: the end of hardcore gaming or its untimely saviour? Decide for yourself as we look at the top social games for iOS, which are all incidentally, free to play. CityVille Hometown Zynga, the kings of copying original titles, know how to reel the suckers in. CityVille Hometown, an updated version of FarmVille, offers little in the way of innovations, but has the same emotional hook which reels users in for that elusive “one more game”. Users or “residents” remain active by engaging with in-game characters, who just happen to be Facebook friends building their own neighbouring communities. Players are...

  • Guinness World Records names Black Ops as ‘best game ending’

    The Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition has named Call of Duty: Black Ops the game with the "best ending ever". The game topped a poll of well over 13 000 gamers. Gas Deaves, Guinness World Records Gamers Edition editor, speaks out on the choices. "Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it's an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie. This list recognises some...