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Games

  • Xbox Game Pass: all you can eat gaming for $10/month [Update]

    Microsoft has announced Xbox Game Pass, a subscription-based service that delivers unlimited access to a host of games for US$10 a month. Set to launch "later this spring", according to the official Xbox website, Xbox Game Pass has over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games in its library. "One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues," Microsoft's Phil Spencer explained. By contrast, Sony's PlayStation Now subscription service is a streaming service,...

  • Avoid Early Access disappointment with these tips

    While Steam's Early Access programme and crowdfunding sites have been a huge boost for indie developers, they have also resulted in many disgruntled gamers losing their money or ending up with a game very different from the one they invested in. From seemingly endless in-development purgatory (here's looking at you, Star Citizen), to games which are simply cancelled with no refund; there's a lot that can make you regret your early purchase. However we have some tips for avoiding this kind of disappointment. 1. See how long the game has been in development While games do take a while to develop, there...

  • Nintendo Switch: better pack a powerbank for Zelda

    The Nintendo Switch comes out in just over a week, promising a hybrid machine that supports portable gaming as well as the traditional home console experience. But just how good is the portable part of the equation? Or more specifically, how much juice can you get out of it? Well, Engadget has published its preview of the Nintendo Switch, reporting that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't last very long at all. "And if you were wondering how much portable Zelda you'll be able to play at once, I have a disappointing answer: two and a half hours," the publication...

  • Evolve, Borderlands 2 among March Xbox Games With Gold titles

    Microsoft has announced its latest batch of Games With Gold titles for Xbox One, which are set to rollout from 1 March. Fans of the console may find these offerings a little underwhelming. First up is Layers of Fear on the Xbox One, which will be available from 1 to 31 March. This title is a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". Easily one of the strangest additions to the line-up is Evolve Ultimate Edition, which you can grab from 16 March until 15 April. The four-on-one multiplayer title has been plagued with numerous problems and controversies since before...

  • Soul Knight and Narcissus: 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. On the hunt for some solid mobile games? We've got the goods for you this week, with a mix of old favourites resurfacing and all-new titles this time. Highlights in this edition include a meaty Pokemon Go update and Soul Knight -- scroll down for the comprehensive rundown. Pokemon Go update (free - Android, iOS) Sure, many people may be tired of Pokemon Go, but the latest update brings a slew of new Pokemon...

  • Battlefield 1 South Africa servers now live

    Great news, South Africa! If you've been slaving away on Irish servers, grinding rank, and avoiding the myriad hilarious but killer bugs, worry no more. Battlefield 1 servers are now live and kicking on South African soil. Game developer DICE, along with the southern tip of Africa, will also be implementing new servers in Hong Kong and Dubai. It's been on the cards for a while, with DICE finally announcing the move in December 2016. But gamers (not at work) can take advantage of the local servers right now. They've been available since 10am. Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE...

  • Pokemon Go update brings over 80 new creatures, more

    Pokemon Go was unarguably the biggest sensation of 2016, being all over the news and clogging up social media feeds everywhere. The popularity of the mobile game took a significant dip in the following months though. So what's developer Niantic Labs doing about it? Well, for starters, it's announced that dozens of second generation Pokemon have made their way to the game. "Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games," the studio wrote in a blog post. It added that creatures...

  • Cities: Skylines finally coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 Store [update]

    The Xbox One has a severe lack of city-building titles. Joining the ranks of Tropico 5 and Fallout 4 to some extent (we kid) is Cities: Skylines this Spring in the US. Announced a while ago by Paradox Interactive, the game is finally making its way to Microsoft's console. It'll also be out on the Windows 10 store at the same time, but there's no word if it'll support Play Anywhere. Originally released on Steam in March 2015, the game is a direct competitor to EA's SimCity series and allows plays to build a robust and bustling city with all manner...

  • Here’s what we know about Mass Effect Andromeda

    The saga continues… On March 21 we will bear witness to the release of the highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, a day the civilised world as we know it has been waiting for since the Stargazer uttered the prophetic words: "one more story…" Over the last couple of months, Bioware, the developers of the title, have been dropping various hints and clues about the nature and scale of Andromeda. This article sums up the most important information our esteemed detectives have gathered and will hopefully somewhat quench our uncontrollable thirst to once again enter the universe of Mass Effect. Let our...

  • 7+ games for the geeky Valentine’s Day couple

    February… the month of love, passion and most importantly, Valentine's Day. For some this is a time to embrace and celebrate the connection between them and their significant other. For others it’s a tender reminder of their perpetual singledom and utter loneliness. If you happen to fall in the latter group then this is probably not the healthiest bit of reading material… but hey! Why not read it anyway and see what you’re missing out on? If you do have a partner in crime though, then this list of games can, and probably will, provide you with the best Valentine's Day...