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Games

  • For (dis)Honor: why P2P connections don’t work in gaming

    Ubisoft's latest offering For Honor is a third-person combat game which sees you allying yourself with three factions: Knights, Vikings and Samurais. Since reviewing the beta there have been many changes such as nerfed and buffed characters, additional maps and so much more. Let's start with the story mode; I felt suspicious when Ubisoft never allowed open beta users access to the story mode, and now I know why -- it was completely useless. The characters in the single-player story are easily forgettable and the acting seemed sub-par. It just felt as if it was there to draw in those wanting...

  • Super Tank Rumble and The Escapists: 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. Who says mobile games are all rubbish? There are plenty of solid titles out there if you look hard enough. Can't be arsed to look? Fine, we'll bring them to you. Our highlights this week are The Escapists and Super Tank Rumble -- check out the full list below. The Escapists (paid - Android, iOS) One of the more prominent indie-type titles in recent years, The Escapists has finally made the leap...

  • Urban Empire (PC) review: be the master and destroyer of worlds

    Urban Empire combines various elements of the citybuilder and political sim genres to create something the Finnish developer Reborn Games calls a “City Ruler”. This is a fascinating approach but one that produces a very complex and demanding gameplay experience as you are essentially playing two games at once. This also adds a healthy dose of unpredictability, something I’ve always appreciated in games. One moment your city will be flourishing and the next you will struggle to get it out of debt while simultaneously battling to win the election. Urban Empire can be a frustrating and unforgiving title, but for...

  • Fire Pro Wrestling is back, set for release on PC, PS4

    The WWE franchise tend to be the biggest game in town by default, but the Fire Pro Wrestling series has long been held by enthusiasts as the premiere grappling franchise around. Now, after ten years, a new title in the series, Fire Pro Wrestling World, has been announced. Featuring charming 2D visuals, a control scheme that emphasises timing over button-bashing and robust customisation (down to tweaking AI), the franchise is pretty much the opposite of other games in its sub-genre. And it seems like the latest title is set to continue in this vein, offering deathmatches (involving barbed wire, landmines and...

  • Beautifully bizarre platformer Anew: The Distant Light launches on Kickstarter

    It’s 4:01 pm and I’m about to hit the off switch on my work day when I receive an email. It’s from a man named Jeff Spoonhower, one half of two-man indie studio Resonator Games. “I thought you and your readers at Gearburn would be interested in knowing that our open-world action-exploration game, Anew: The Distant Light, will be coming to Kickstarter…” reads the opening line. At first I’m sceptical and I give an annoyed sigh. I’ve encountered too many emails like this from first time indie devs trying make it big in the ruthless world of gaming, their titles not...

  • Xbox Game Pass: South Africa not part of initial rollout

    Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass subscription service earlier this week, being an all-you-can-eat service for over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Available on Xbox One, the service sees users paying US$10 a month for unlimited access to a revolving library of titles. Prominent titles expected to appear on the service include Halo 5: Guardians, Megaman Legacy Collection, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Mad Max. The service also sees gamers being able to purchase titles in the catalogue at a 20% discount. Additionally, Microsoft says that Xbox Live Gold members will have first dibs on new titles entering Xbox Game Pass. At...

  • South African CS:GO tourny offers R1m prize pool

    Esports has grown exponentially over the years, and South Africa has been no exception in this regard. From FIFA to Dota 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), we've seen esports become firmly established locally. Heck, CS:GO matches have even been shown on Supersport. Now, a new CS:GO tournament is offering a R1-million prize pool as well as a Twitch partnership. Formed by local esports group Mettlestate, it's been branded as the "biggest prize of its kind for a single esports title in South Africa". Mettlestate originally held an exhibition match between Bravado Gaming and Energy Sports on 1 March 2017, streaming on its Twitch channel. "Once...

  • Nintendo Switch: what do reviewers think?

    The Nintendo Switch finally launches tomorrow, promising a hybrid portable/home console experience after months of hype. Between Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, HD Rumble and seamless portable/TV play, the console seems to have a lot going for it. Now that the reviewers have been published globally, what do critics think of Nintendo's next great hope? Polygon "The Switch is Nintendo's second attempt at a tablet-based game console, quickly following the release -- and subsequent failure -- of the Wii U. Where that console’s approach mixed its hardware metaphors -- tethering a wireless display with a traditional console, and failing to...

  • Watch: these indie games are coming to Nintendo Switch

    The Nintendo Switch is just a few days away from release, but what about eShop content for the console? Well, the Japanese gaming firm has announced that over 60 indie games are in the works for the console, highlighting a few of them in a video. Prominent titles listed in the video include Runner3, Steamworld Dig 2, Yooka Laylee, Blaster Master Zero (Switch and 3DS exclusive), Pocket Rumble (exclusive), Flipping Death, Mr Shifty (timed exclusive), Wargroove, Stardew Valley, Shakedown Hawaii (timed exclusive), Graceful Explosion Machine (timed exclusive), Tumbleseed, Overcooked: Special Edition, The Escapists 2, GoNNER (timed exclusive), Kingdom: Two Crowns and...

  • You know that Earth-like star system? Elite Dangerous had it

    Remember the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, whose discovery was announced by NASA late last week? You know, that solar system that has seven Earth-like planets, including three in a habitable zone? Well, it turns out that space-faring video game Elite: Dangerous already has a near-identical solar system modelled in its galaxy. For the uninitiated, the developers based the in-game galaxy on our own Milky Way, using real-world NASA data as well as a hefty amount of procedural generation. This creation tool is known as the Stellar Forge by Elite studio Frontier Developments "Even with Hubble, the fainter M class red stars [the TRAPPIST-1...