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Games

  • Fight Night Champion

    Review: Still boxing, but now with added drama and emotion (and plenty blood and guts) in this Xbox pugalistic sportfest with a boxer's fighting heart. I've long been a fan of the Fight Night series. It's a standard part of our Friday night guy get-togethers, where groups of us would braai, have a few beers and compete for ultimate bragging rights in epic Tyson-Holyfield throwdowns. When I first loaded Fight Night Champion, the latest in EA's boxing franchise, I wondered how they could possibly improve on the last instalment. I was pleasantly surprised. From the moment the voice-over in the opening...

  • E3 2011 gaming conference predictions: the circus starts next week’

    It’s almost time again for E3 2011 and like Christmas, millions of boys and girls (mostly boys) across the globe are preparing to have their expectations calmly blown out of the water as their beloved consoles prepare themselves for an onslaught of new titles. Microsoft, Sony, EA and Nintendo will be the dominating forces at the E3 event and each one will do battle for the hearts and minds of the videogame junkie. From the 7th to the 9th of June at the Los Angles Conference centre, every avid gamer's thoughts will be focused on the events that occur inside...

  • Fallout New Vegas – Honest Hearts DLC

    Review: Travel to the murderous wastelands of Zion in Utah in this PC game that is dark, desolate and a little dreary. Honest Hearts follows you as you travel to the Zion National Park in Utah with the Happy Trails Trading Group. Things don't turn out quite so happy for your companions. They're all killed within the first few minutes of entering the new environment, leaving you alone in a beautiful landscape of canyon and river and (for once!) drinkable water. The painted murals on the bedrock are beautiful and the sporadic rain adds a bit of mystique to the...

  • Ubisoft going online with “Ghost Recon” videogame

    Ubisoft is crafting a free-to-play online version of its popular "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" shooter videogame. "Ghost Recon Online" is a deviation from the French videogame titan's roots making packaged titles for videogame consoles and comes with the rocketing popularity of online "social games" supported by ads or in-game transactions. "The online market is an exciting new frontier for videogames and for gamers," Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot said in a press release. "With 'Ghost Recon Online,' and other major upcoming projects, Ubisoft is creating online experiences that allow our fans to stay connected to their favorite brands and to continually receive...

  • PlayStation Network up and down again

    Sony’s efforts to revive its PlayStation Network (PSN) have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled PSN and its Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber attack that resulted in it being shut down for weeks. “We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an update posted at the PlayStation blog. “Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved,” he explained. “In the process of...

  • PlayStation network only back up by June

    Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services are still down, and full service will probably only by restored by 31st May, says a Bloomberg report. Quoting Shigenori Yoshida, a spokesperson in Tokyo, Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services. After a major hack between the 17th and 19th April, unknown miscreants targeted Sony servers holding customer logins and (potentially unencrypted) credit card details, and heisted upwards of 25 million users' data (a detailed timeline here). Sony quickly shut down a number of online services, and also had to face the music with various governments' data privacy watchdogs, from...

  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River [Hamper Giveaway]

    Stand a chance to win some limited edition Operation Flashpoint: Red River Gear as well as two copies of this brand new, cutting edge, strategic military shooter for you and a fellow brother in arms. Between Afghanistan and China, the world’s next flashpoint is about to erupt. The valleys, towns and mountains of Tajikistan will become bloody frontlines for the might of the People’s Liberation Army, insurgent guerilla fighters and the United States Marine Corps. To stand a chance to win a double copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and a set of limited edition Red River t-shirts and...

  • Geeks move over, families move in — A Kinect review

    In 1978 my Binatone TV Master played pong. You definitely didn’t work up a sweat. Working up a sweat is now de rigueur, since Nintendo introduced Wii in 2006. When kinect hit the scene, Wii and Playstation suddenly looked archaic. Imagine brandishing an actual controller. How retro! With kinect, your body is the controller. So, state of the art interaction. But could I justify forking out a significant amount of money for it? My love of video games and my young family have not been fitting too well together. Shouldn’t I be spending my money on sensible school shoes...

  • Piracy is theft and you know it

    When my brother and I used to game on our beloved Commodore 64 back in the 80s we used to save our Eid money every year to buy new games at the Dion store. As far as we were aware, that was the only place where you could actually buy games. That system of saving up meant we were guaranteed at least two new games a year. If we were really lucky, my dad would add on a few bucks and we’d buy a compilation set, that had five or six games in a pack. That yearly ritual of...

  • Games are from the future, but load times are from the past

    I’m not usually one to be a show-off, because history has shown me that whenever I try to show how cool I am, inevitably the fates, or whatever, decide to knock me back down. Case in point. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of friends over and decided to brag with my new PlayStation Move. I hadn’t had a chance to use it at all myself, so unpacking it was a fresh experience for both me and my green eyed audience. I am meticulous about unpacking gadgets, always taking care to note how everything is placed...