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  • FEZ and Life Is Strange: 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. We missed out on last week's mobile gaming rundown, owing to our Snapdragon Summit coverage. But we've got a few solid picks this week. Our favourites include a sequel to last year's excellent Reigns and a mobile version of iconic indie title FEZ. Reigns: Her Majesty (paid - Android, iOS) Reigns was one of my favourite mobile games last year, as you struggled to stay on the throne and made decisions using a Tinder-like...

  • Skyrim Switch review: should you hold it in high RedGuard?

    Say what you will about Skyrim being available on almost every platform known to man, but it's one of the better releases on the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it's an old game. But in a launch year that's seen a ton of goodness come to the Switch, Skyrim on the go is yet another tantalising prospect for owners of the console. In fact, I've only been playing it in portable mode, the Switch keeping me company on a recent transatlantic trip. Haven't heard of Skyrim? The latest core game in The Elder Scrolls series, 2011's Skyrim is an action/RPG set in a medieval-style open world, with...

  • Nintendo Switch hits 10m units sold, closing in on Wii U

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed a fantastic launch year thus far, being the most popular console in the USA for several months running. Then there were the games, offering everything from Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to Golf Story and Doom. It's hard to argue that the console isn't the hottest thing in gaming. And this week, Nintendo announced that the console has hit the 10 million unit sales mark, crossing the line after less than a year on the shelves. Thanks to you, #NintendoSwitch has sold 10 million units worldwide in 9 months! Here’s to an amazing 2018!...

  • The best indie games of 2017

    This is always a hard list to write. With the sheer amount of indie games released on a daily basis, it's humanly impossible to get your hands on all of them, let alone play them! Fortunately, fuelled by my borderline-ludicrous obsession with indie games, I've managed to cross a good few from my backlog. As this year draws closer to its end, bidding its final farewell, it is time to look back and celebrate our beloved industry and the breathtaking and captivating titles it has birthed. Each game on this list deserves it place and I'll do my best to present...

  • Q&A: Utomik is another subscription gaming platform out there

    We've taken a look at a few noteworthy subscription gaming platforms before, covering the likes of Jump and Xbox Game Pass in more detail. But Utomik is another platform to gain prominence recently, offering a library of over 600 games, so-called "smart download" functionality as well as high-profile deals with WB and Ubisoft. We conducted a Q&A with CEO Doki Tops. Gearburn: How did the idea for the service come about? Doki Tops (DT): A lot of the founding team of Utomik first got together in 2004. We were an indie and platform developer in a time when there was no real good...

  • 10 great console/PC ports to mobile in 2017

    We regularly look at the world of mobile games, but there are loads of traditional gamers who don't really care for these titles. But the year gave us some great mobile ports of console and PC games. We choose a few PC/console ports that stand out, ranging from GRID Autosport to Flower. GRID Autosport (paid - iOS) The most recent entry on the list, we're still surprised Codemasters managed to squeeze last-gen racing title GRID Autosport onto iOS. The results were pretty cool from a technical point of view as they got the entire experience plus DLC on iPhones and iPads. We've also got...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...

  • 4 game franchises celebrating their 20th birthday in 2017

    The video game industry has always been one of uncertainty, fragility, and ephemerality. Through the years, many titles have vied for that theoretical digital crown, and while some might have thrown mighty and notable punches, only a considerable few still draw breath today. In this piece we will celebrate these few champions, four gaming franchises that all had their humble start in 1997, exactly twenty years ago, and today can still claim to stand with their heads held high. Gran Turismo Gran Turismo is one of the most iconic racing games in video game history. Since its release in late December 1997,...

  • Don’t buy these games for Christmas, no matter how cheap

    I know the temptation is great. I really do. Your kid or friend wants a video game for Christmas but you have a million people to buy for and you really can't afford to buy them that R1000 game. Believe me, I feel your pain. But I promise you, they will hate you more if you get them a crap game. Rather give them a gift card or money towards the game they want, than buy them any of the games on this list. 1, 2 Switch The worst part about 1, 2 Switch, is that it's being sold as a standalone...

  • Your November 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 November 2017. 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. Russia uses game screenshot to "prove" connection between US and ISIS In a seedy attempt to prove that the US is...