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Games

  • Games with Gold for June 2017 revealed

    Microsoft has announced the latest games for Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so will June be a great month for Xbox owners? Well, that depends on how you feel about these picks... In any event, Xbox 360 gamers will be getting the divisive Assassin's Creed III (1-15 June) and rather stellar Dragon Age: Origins (16-30 June). Of course, these games are also available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Meanwhile, Xbox One owners will also be getting Speedrunners (1-30 June) and Watch Dogs (16 June to 15 July). The current lineup of Games with Gold titles is Lara Croft and the...

  • 3 video games that use surveillance as a mechanic

    In George Orwell’s novel 1984 he wrote "Big Brother is Watching You", and while that is true in the modern era of the NSA and Prism, what about video games? For a few decades now, select video games have used surveillance in one form or another as a core mechanic to instil fear in the player. While the majority of these games are controversial, below is a short list of titles that use video wall controllers, picture in picture, or even cheap hacking to add tension to your video game. Night Trap Night Trap is a game that garnered much controversy in...

  • Watch: Far Cry 5 heads to Montana, USA

    The Far Cry franchise has travelled to tropical islands, the Himalayas and prehistoric times. Now, four teaser trailers for Far Cry 5 have revealed the new game's setting. The latest game in the series will be travelling to Hope County, Montana, in the United States. So can we expect Winnebago vehicles, quad-bikes, open country and other rural trappings? Well, the trailers don't really tell you anything just yet. However, Ubisoft has confirmed that Friday 26 May will see the game's proper reveal. Check the playlist out below.

  • Latest Humble Bundle a platforming treat for Android gamers

    If there's one key advantage Android has over iOS, it's in the fact that you don't have a walled garden to deal with. This is especially true when it comes to apps and games, allowing you to use third-party download sources. And one of the best marketplaces for Android is the Humble Store, regularly offering pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle deals for Android users. Now, the latest bundle has been revealed, in the form of the Epic Platformers bundle. Pay US$1 or more and you'll get Devious Dungeon and Devious Dungeon 2, as well as Eggggg - The Platform Puker. Beat the average (set...

  • Watch: Destiny 2 gameplay revealed in new trailer

    Destiny may have had a somewhat shaky start, but thanks to downloadable content and developer support, it's turned into a phenomenon of sorts. It's clear then that expectations are high for the sequel, Destiny 2, having been officially announced last year. Fortunately, we've got the gameplay reveal trailer, showing you... well... gameplay... "Experience an all new cinematic story campaign, innovative cooperative gameplay, and intense competitive multiplayer as you journey across unexplored worlds to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities," reads the video's description. But without any further ado, here's the actual trailer, complete with an 8 September release...

  • Outlast 2 review diary: part one

    The original Outlast still remains one the best horror games I’ve experienced (and was in fact one of the first titles I reviewed for Gearburn). Now, three and a half years later, Canadian indie studio, Red Barrels, has released the next chapter of their sinister franchise, Outlast 2. But how will it hold up to its predecessors? The previous two entries were quite unique at the time but, by now, the Outlast formula has been established: “Run, hide or die”. In this review diary I will be documenting my experience as I search for these answers… hopefully effectively supressing my fears...

  • 13 life lessons we learnt from The Sims

    The Sims has been around for 17 years, and the popular life simulation video game franchise shows no sign of stopping (The Sims 5 is rumoured to be coming out in 2019). It has let players become gods in their own way, allowing them to create virtual beings from scratch and, admittedly, to put their Sims through less-than- nice scenarios (*cough* placing them in empty rooms without doors, for one). After playing the four instalments for hours on end, we've picked up a few lessons from the series that we, as humans, have learnt -- and could still learn -- from...

  • F1 2017 gets first trailer, classic cars reappear

    Codemasters confirmed a few months ago that F1 2017 was a thing, revealing little else about the title at the time. Now, the studio has published the first trailer for the game, also revealing that classic cars will return to the franchise. The trailer shows off three classic cars, in the form of Senna and Prost's McLaren MP4/4, Nigel Mansell's Williams FW14B and the Ferrari F2002. Codemasters has since confirmed that the McLaren MP4/4 will be a preorder bonus, but will also be available as paid DLC. The studio revealed that there will be a total field of 12 classic cars,...

  • Ubisoft confirms flurry of games, but no details

    Why reveal new games one by one when you can simply do an entire blowout? That's what Ubisoft did, announcing a series of entries in popular franchises. For starters, we've got a new, as yet unnamed entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise. The franchise's UK Twitter account didn't give much to go on, aside from a GIF that says "a new era begins". The second game announced by Ubisoft was The Crew 2, being a sequel to the original free-roaming racing title. Aside from a logo, we don't have any other details here either. Prefer a shooter? Then you'll be glad to know...

  • Game Critic Awards: ‘Best of Show’ winners of the last decade

    The Game Critic Awards is an annual event that "recognises the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment". It awards gaming titles that had a hands-on demonstration at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners being determined by various prominent global video game publications. In the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the winners of the various categories, providing us with a glimpse of the changing landscape of games over the last decade. For our first piece, we will be looking at the big guns, the winners of the "Best of Show" award....