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Games

  • 5+ great smartphones to get for emulation

    Scores of people use their smartphones for emulation, allowing them to play the classics of yore (you'll want to own them, of course). But if you're in the market for an upgrade and emulation is your thing, which phone should you get? We pick a few... Nokia 8 We're putting the finishing touches on your Nokia 8 review, but we can already say that the HMD flagship is the cheapest Snapdragon 835-toting phone on the market, at just under R10 000. For your cash, you're getting the chip, 4GB of RAM and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. The Snapdragon 835 is the best smartphone silicon you...

  • Flower and Flipping Legend: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's been a long time since we've done a mobile games roundup! That's what happens when you go on holiday. And when you forget. Anyway, enough with the excuses, let's get on with the rundown! Flower (paid - iOS) Thatgamecompany and Apple have enjoyed a closer relationship in recent weeks, as the formerly Sony-exclusive studio revealed Sky at the iPhone 8 event. But before we get Sky, the studio has quietly published PS3/PS4 title...

  • Watch: Red Dead Redemption 2 gets second trailer

    The gaming world was sent into a tizzy earlier this year, after Rockstar Games revealed the existence (and first trailer) for Red Dead Redemption 2. The original was a critically acclaimed open-world Western that introduced players to hazardous wildlife (them cougars), frantic gunfights, a slew of minigames and a memorable cast of characters. Now, the second trailer for the sequel gives us more information to go on, such as a PS4 and Xbox One release in Spring 2018. More importantly, it seems like a prequel to the original, as you run with the van der Linde gang and see a few...

  • Iconic PS3 title Flower is now available on mobile

    The PlayStation 3 didn't have many games in the first couple of years on the market but, by 2009, it was really picking up steam. Sure, big hitters like LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 were largely responsible, but it was also thanks to indie titles like Flower. The title, by Thatgamecompany, was a meditative masterstroke, as you harnessed the wind in order to control a flower petal. It all made for a relaxing experience, later seeing a release on PS4 and PS Vita. Now, the title has quietly made its way to iOS this week. So what should you expect from the port? The...

  • Destiny 2 [PS4] review: go into the light

    Destiny 2 was my first proper introduction to the Destiny franchise. Although I had a brief spell with the first game, I could never find myself enjoying it -- yet now the sequel is all I seem to be playing. Usually, a sequel has more to prove than the first iteration in a series. But this always-online FPS developed by Bungie and published by Activision did well to not only expand on the first instalment, but also improve it. For starters, Destiny 2 actually has a story -- albeit slightly cookie-cutter. Dominus Ghaul, the story's villain, is a fearless conqueror trying to capture the traveller's...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1 review: hella origins

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm leaves behind the supernatural elements of its predecessor and delves deeper into the mysterious and perplexing realm of adolescence, a time when every emotion and experience is amplified by the naïveté and entitlement of youth. It personifies the emotions we have unofficially declared as taboo, and allows us to wear it as a badge of honour. Although a handful of games deal with similar subject matter, it's more often than not decorated in some extravagant dressing. The recently released Hellblade explores the extremities of mental illness, but you're still a badass Viking demon slayer....

  • Overwatch gets another free weekend on 22 September

    If you're in the market for a new hero shooter, there's this game called Overwatch that might be just what you need. Thankfully, it seems that Blizzard is thinking that exact same thing. Following a long string of previous free weekends, the game yet another beginning 22 September and running until the 25th. This includes players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. MUST READ: Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter… "For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and...

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Prepare to be A MAZE.d at indie, alt game expo in JHB

    A MAZE. Johannesburg, an offshoot of the original A MAZE. festival in Berlin, is now in its sixth year and going from strength to strength. It's partnered with the Fak'ugesi festival and features a host of game makers, digital artists, musicians, researchers and coders, all engaged with the subject of play -- the driving force behind the festival. Since its inception in Berlin, A MAZE. now interacts with creative events in a number of festivals all over the world, including Croatia, Romania, Palestine, Cuba, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia and of course South Africa. A MAZE. Berlin takes place in April and A...

  • HP Omen 15 review: expect unlimited HP from this one

    Gaming laptops are generally overpriced. Hell, quality laptops in general can be extremely overpriced. So colour us impressed when we took delivery of HP's Omen 15 (ce004nl), packing some imposing specs into a package that starts at R21 999. Sure, it's still expensive for a laptop, but when compared to other gaming notebooks and the likes of the Macbook range, it's a really tempting purchase. It looks like a stereotypical gaming laptop First up, we have the aesthetics. The Omen 15 is big, brash and borderline gaudy, owing to its stylised vents on the back, the cutouts on the laptop lid and...