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  • 3 awesome pixel art games from the first months of 2018

    The entertainment industry is currently obsessed with anything and everything retro and pixel art video games are certainly no exception. We have barely reached the end of 2018’s first quarter and already there is a plethora of nostalgia inducing and pixel art-infused titles flooding the marketplace. While a great deal of them are nothing to write home about, we’ve managed to find a few that certainly deserve your attention. Crossing Souls With Crossing Souls, developer Adult Swim shamelessly takes advantage of the current retro-nostalgia trend (think Stranger Things, colourful neon lighting, VHS tapes, etc.) while throwing in some of its own distinctive humour....

  • Fortnite is totally working again, Epic makes up for downtime with freebies

    Epic Games is really, really sorry that you couldn't play as much Fortnite: Battle Royale as you wanted to this week. The game's servers were either inaccessible or incredibly bumpy for much of Wednesday and Thursday after scheduled maintenance began around 9am Wednesday. "Scheduled maintenance is currently in progress. We will provide updates as necessary," the developer wrote on its status page. On Thursday however, it seemed that the maintenance rather ruined some aspects of the game's server performance, and users we're struggling to log into the game. "Login is currently blocked across all Epic endpoints, including games, websites, and the Epic Games...

  • 12 Far Cry 5 screens that should be your next wallpaper

    Oh Far Cry 5. How gorgeous you are. With your plentiful pixels and bounty of god rays. You really are the best looking game of the year thus far. In celebration, and in our spamming of the screenshot button, we've gathered some of the more memorable stills from our Far Cry 5 review published earlier this week. These don't feature any gameplay elements. Just good ol' Hope County in its purest form. (There's also a sneaky picture of Mr. Seed lurking in there somewhere.) You can download the images by clicking on the individual pictures. Or read our entire Far Cry 5...

  • 5 trends totally ruining the gaming industry

    The games industry is no longer considered the sole domain of nerdy loners living in their moms’ basements and is instead a multi-billion-dollar industry. But with the lucrative growth of the industry, people who want to shamelessly cash in on it have also emerged. This has unfortunately given birth to some trends that may be lining more corporate pockets, but which are ultimately ruining the industry for fans. Here are five trends that are ruining the gaming industry for gamers. Core game content as DLC There was a time when DLC (downloadable content) was a welcome surprise for gamers enjoying a particular title....

  • Overwatch Retribution is now live, but comes with a huge patch

    Hold onto your shurikens folks, and get ready to ask for healing, because Overwatch's Retribution event is now live. The second event in the game's Archives PvE series, Retribution takes place on a new map in Venice eight years prior to present day Overwatch. In its story mode, gamers will be able to play as Moira, McCree, Genji or Gabriel Reyes, the man who eventually becomes Reaper. Archive declassification complete. Overwatch “Retribution” and “Uprising” file status: OPEN. Commencing playback in 3…2…1… pic.twitter.com/bJfZbNyQTG — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 10, 2018 Retribution was announced last week by game director Jeff Kaplan, with additional news that Venice will eventually...

  • Far Cry 5 review: just another Far Cry game?

    There are some games you come across at certain points in your life that draw you in and never let you go. Just Cause 3 was one. While the late 2015 title was a complete mess on all platforms, and had a weaker storyline than most episodes of Peppa Pig, it was primal fun. Flying across the map like a harbinger of death and destruction, walking away from your newly exploded petrol station with your shades on, and just pretending to be a budget Marvel superhero clad in denim, made the game irresistible. Roll on 2018, and there's a new pretender...

  • 5 shocking games based on real life events

    Video games are a medium we use to escape the harshness of reality, providing gamers with a plethora of fantastical digital worlds and magical creatures beyond our wildest imaginations. But sometimes the truths behind these fictional works are stranger, and often considerably more terrifying, than you could have ever imagined. What follows is a list of five games inspired by shocking realities. Note: This article contains sensitive subject matter concerning death and murder. Proceed with caution. Kholat - The Dyatlov Pass Incident Kholat is a beautiful but terrifying indie survival horror game based on the eerie and unsolved Dyatlov Pass Incident. In the...

  • 6 questions to ask before buying a gaming console [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time we look at the right gaming console for you... Buying a gaming console isn't a mindless endeavour, as they're pricey machines and you don't want to be left regretting your choice of platform. Nevertheless, there are several questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. What do my friends have? This might be the most important question for socially inclined gamers (and in general). For starters, if you buy an Xbox One and...

  • This is your March 2018 gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we’ve managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of March 2018. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Itch.io celebrates its fifth birthday Itch.io, one of the world largest depositories for indie and experimental video games, turned five this...

  • Early Access hands-on: Descenders is a ‘roguelite’ downhill BMX game

    There aren't many options if you're on the prowl for a downhill BMX title. So that's one reason why Descenders, from indie developer RageSquid, stands out already. The game, currently available on Steam Early Access, has another unique selling point though: randomly generated levels. On paper, this means that you've got an endless number of stages to play through. But games with this feature often fall into the trap of all levels being boring. So what's the verdict? A double-edged sword At this early stage, Descenders falls somewhat into the middle. Players proceed through four environments, comprised of a few levels (with checkpoints) and a boss-level...