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  • Evil is back with the Diablo III TV spot

    Have you watched the video? Go watch it again. Right, evil is back. Diablo III launches May 15. That's just three weeks shy of male virginity reaching an all-time high. We're not sure what's better though, the video or the comments just below it. "MY GIRLFRIEND SAID THAT THIS VIDEO SUCKS; SHE'S SINGLE NOW, JUST KIDDIN' SHE'S DEAD :D". Fifteen May, remember that as the day social lives across the globe ended.

  • I am Alive – tactics over action

    With a turbulent history, I am Alive barely made it out at all. But with developer Ubisoft Shanghai using creative mechanics to overcome technical constraints, they’ve come out with an ambitious, gritty game that is well executed for the most part. Survive the Horror I am Alive was first announced way back in 2008 with a different publisher at the helm and the promise of a big title release. The survival horror game then lost its lead designer and disappeared off the map until mid last year. Fast forward to 2012, and the game has finally reached our digital shelves in...

  • Fez: breaking the fourth wall [Review]

    Fez is a dreamy platformer, the purest distillation of gaming I’ve played in years. Press start, and sink into a pillow of 16-bit gaming nirvana from the word go. It’s not hard to quantify Fez. For roughly US$10, Fez delivers a 2D platformer which exists in a 3D world. Click the left or right triggers and Fez spins the world on a vertical axis, revelling each side of the chunky cube you get to play in. “Play” is a word that videogame developers have all but forgotten. We run, shoot, jump, gain achievements and breeze through modern games without experiencing the...

  • Halo 4 tea-bags its way into your living room 6 November

    It’s Halo 4, and it’s coming 6 November 2012. Microsoft is calling this “the year’s most anticipated video game release” and for once, it’s hard to argue with the Big M’s marketing speak. Onto the game. First off, spoiler alert. For the 15 people (mostly likely PS3 fans) who don’t know the ending to Halo 3, Master Chief defeated the Flood and placed himself in a cryogenic state as his ship floated endlessly into...

  • Street Fighter X Tekken – The pinnacle of a stale genre

    New Tricks The Cross Gauge is a power bar shared between both of your fighters; plain and simple. You build it up by landing hits, or blocking successfully. The bar is divided into three sections, and different special moves will use one bar, two bars or all three, depending on their strength. The special moves are stylish, and the damage satisfying. The power bar is a welcome addition, and means that you can’t unleash your most powerful attacks all of the time, but rather have to build up to them adding a bit of a tempo, a dance if you...

  • 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...