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Games

  • Review round-up: Celeste is gaming’s latest breakout hit

    Combine mountain climbing with Super Meat Boy style antics and you should have a solid idea of what Celeste is all about. Reviews for the platformer (available for PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One) lifted this week and we're looking at critical acclaim all around, it seems. "Even when Celeste is playing things straight it's a wonderfully challenging proposition. A platform will start to move when you jump onto it. Moments later, a gap will seem uncrossable until you realise that you can hurl yourself further if you use the moving platform's momentum to provide an extra shove," Eurogamer explains...

  • Hacked PS4s can now run PS2 ISOs

    The PS4 was recently hacked, allowing for a variety of homebrew software and, almost inevitably, the ability to run pirated games. But who expected PS2 ISOs to run on the PS4? Well, it's happening. According to a Wololo report, developer CFWProphet released a "free-ps2-pub-gen" tool which essentially taps into Sony's PS2 emulation software for classic games on the PS4. Of course, Sony's emulator isn't meant to be used in this fashion, as the company only uses it for a select few classics on the PS Store. But games that haven't been brought to the Store are indeed running anyway, albeit with various...

  • Budget Diaries: Mr Shadow, Emily is Away and more

    Budget Diaries is a new series where Gearburn explores the vast digital landscape of the internet in search of unique and engaging games that won’t break the bank or greedily consume half your hard drive's space. If you're tired of paying half your wages on games, waiting for massive downloads or playing games that seem all too familiar, then you've come to the right place. This week, Wiehahn takes a look at eccentric Mr Shadow, the quirky Shootout on Cash Island, and nostalgia-inducing Emily is Away… Feel like there is anything we've missed? Drop your suggestions in the comments and we'll be sure...

  • Xbox Game Pass to get Xbox exclusives on launch day

    Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is a solid first step into the world of subscription-based gaming, offering just over 100 games for R159 a month. The library isn't amazing but there are quite a few big-hitting games and hidden gems here, giving you plenty to play. Now, Microsoft has announced a big boost thanks to first-party exclusives launching simultaneously on their own and on Xbox Game Pass. And it all starts with Sea of Thieves... "Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means...

  • God of War gets 20 April release date, new trailer

    The first trailer for the new God of War title drew a ton of positive attention, with subsequent trailers showing that Sony definitely has another potential hit in its library. Now, Sony has confirmed that the latest title will be launching on 20 April worldwide, including South Africa. Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has also detailed various editions ocoming to the country, starting with the "standard plus" edition for R999. A peek at the box art sees "day one edition" spread across the top -- so we'll presumably get some exclusive content or DLC here. Then there's the limited edition, with a R1099 recommended price...

  • GPD Win 2 portable gaming device smashes Indiegogo target

    Last month, we reported on the specs and claimed benchmarks of the GPD Win 2, the successor to the original Windows-based portable gaming device. Featuring an Intel Core M3 chip, Intel HD Graphics 615, six to eight hours of juice and 8GB of RAM, it certainly makes for a big upgrade over the Atom-equipped original. The laptop/DS-style device hit crowdfunding website Indiegogo on 15 January and, surprise surprise, it's blown past its US$100 000 goal. In fact, the device has already hit the US$1.4-million mark with two months to go. You'll also want to back the device if you fancy getting it for...

  • Is Steam Lunar New Year Sale next?

    Steam sales have become a fixture among PC gamers, being a great way to beef up the library with heavily discounted wares. The Winter Sale concluded recently, but when should we expect the next sale to kick off? According to the Steam Database Twitter account, the next one will mark the Lunar New Year. "The next @steam_games sale is Lunar New Year Sale and will run from February 15th to 19th," the account tweeted. It further suggested that the information was leaked via the Steam Direct publishing programme. Can't wait for more PC gaming specials? Then you'd better act fast, because the...

  • Better Late Than Never: Getting Over It, Hello Neighbor and Bomber Crew

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three titles: the philosophical frustration simulator known as Getting Over It, the cute but demanding Bomber Crew¸ and the utterly disappointing Hello Neighbor. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy If you've been on the internet in the last few months, then there's a pretty good chance you’ve seen your fair share of gaming Youtubers go into a fit of rage as they try to guide a hammer-wielding man...

  • Q&A: Project Wingman dev on launch window, origins and more

    In case you missed our original report, we stumbled upon the Project Wingman demo late last year, being a fantastic take on the Ace Combat-style formula. Between the fantastic visuals and familiar gameplay, it's tough to believe that this is largely a one-man endeavour. We interviewed developer Abi Rahmani to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Project Wingman come about? Abi Rahmani (AR): Initially I used Unreal Engine to learn about the engine and learn the art side and general 3D implementation of the engine. So I decided to create a little prototype and released it to the public. And...

  • SA’s own Genital Jousting leaves Steam Early Access [‘semi’ NSFW]

    Genital Jousting certainly stands out as one of the strangest games ever made, being a party game that has you playing as a bunch of penises. Seriously. Now, South African developer Free Lives has announced that the game has left Steam's Early Access programme, becoming a full-fledged release. Along with the release, we also get a single-player story mode, naturally. "Play as John, a dick who wants to find a date for his high school reunion," reads an excerpt of the emailed press release. "He'll need some help along the way. He's wobbly, he's soft. But he wants to be hard....