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  • Game review — Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is everything you want in a superhero title and more. While its predecessor Arkham Asylum was an incredible game -- possibly the best of 2009 -- Arkham City accelerates the possibilities of exploration, creating an unrivalled adventure which lesser titles will have a tough time eclipsing. Storytelling As much as the gameplay, graphics and sound sucks you into this insanely detailed world, the story lets it down with its half-baked plot. Outside of the heart-wrenching ending, the very muddled tale of good-versus-evil is simply not as tight as the original Batman game. Hugo Strange is now the chief...

  • Warhammer 40K: Space Marine — A dumb game for smart gamers?

    The Warhammer 40 000 series has a go at a next-generation console title. But what does this mean for diehard fans of the series and Relic Entertainment's direction for the Warhammer Universe? "...We aim to make smart games for smart gamers" is part of Relic Entertainment’s philosophy. The Canadian developer behind the Warhammer 40 000 video games has finally taken a stab at stripping the strategy element the series is so well-known for, and finally put the gamer firmly in the action –-- in the shoes of a Space Marine. But why have Relic taken this direction, and does the...

  • Five PlayStation Vita games to look out for

    The 3DS is not doing as well as anticipated, meaning somebody out there is in with a much better shot at finally taking the handheld gaming crown from Nintendo. With the recent announcement at the Tokyo Game Show that the PS Vita will have an astounding 26 games available when it launches in Japan in December, Sony seems poised to exploit the opportunity. Here's a rundown of the list: @field Army Corps of Hell BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle Dark Quest Disgaea 3 Return Dream Club Zero Portable Dynasty Warriors Next F1 2011 Fish On Hot Shots Golf 6 Katamari Damacy No Vita Lord of Apocalypse Michael Jackson The Experience Minna to...

  • Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

    This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community. At the expo, Telkom announced a whole suite of uncapped ADSL solutions specifically targeted for online gaming. Telkom claims it...

  • ABBA to release dance title for Wii

    Musical games are a dime a dozen, with every popular band from Green Day to The Beatles having released its own private karaoke-light console experience. Swedish pop mega group ABBA is now primed and ready to release its own take on the music-genre with ABBA You Can Dance for the Nintendo Wii come november. ABBA You Can Dance is being designed and produced by Ubisoft. According to Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, the game helps cement Ubisoft's position as the "dancing kings of the videogame market" . "With ABBA You Can Dance, players can dance, they can...

  • The post-E3 game drought is no more

    While dawdling along on the interwebs the other day, I stumbled upon a list of games released in September. And I have to say, even though I was aware of it on a subconscious level, it was really surprising to the see this list of top-tier titles coming out ahead of the Christmas crunch. Take a look at this list: Dead Island Resistance 3 Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine Driver: San Francisco Gears of War 3 FIFA 2012 Though it was released in August, I am going go ahead and include Deus Ex: Human Revolution in with that list as well as most people would have...

  • Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

    The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending, any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess it up. Unfortunately for Resistance, as far as the narrative is concerned this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, games are more than just plot twists and mcguffins. Fight or Die Resistance 3 stars Joe Capelli, who replaces previous franchise lead, Nathan Hale, for reasons that become abundantly clear in the...

  • Play it again Sam, play the Top 5 great game remakes

    True remakes in games. Why so few? Hollywood loves remaking the same stuff ad nauseum, whereas game studios just rewarm or port over. While I was contemplating the metaphysical implications of rehashes, it occurred to me that this is something you don't often see in videogames: the straightforward remake. Not a reboot or port to a handheld, but taking an existing game and making it all over again using the latest technology, but keeping the same plot and gameplay elements and changing as little as possible. Sort of like an HD directors cut, if you will. Rehashes and rewarms are...

  • EULA regret signing away your life to play a game

    Imagine for a moment that you've decided to spend your money on… something, anything really. A car, a cellphone, an iPad, a haircut, pay TV service, whatever. Now imagine for a second that an intrinsic part of that transaction gives whoever you are trading with the right to enter your home and rummage through your personal belongings and those of your kids. And they can do this with impunity. Furthermore, not only would they be able to do that, they would be able to extend that right, perhaps at a price, to anyone of their choosing. Would you still participate...

  • Our pick: Top indie games of 2011

    Every game used to be an independent game, a title free from the clutches of management which could branch out and explore untapped genres. Creative freedom is now all but reigned in, with giants like EA, Microsoft and Ubisoft raking in as much cash as film studios. This is what makes the current crop of independent games so important, as they present us with a pure snapshot of gaming, injecting their inimitable spirit into our veins. The list below is made up of the best picks of 2011, made up from released and unreleased games: Fez (Xbox 360) – Release...