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Games

  • Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy set for Switch, PC, X1

    The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy was one of the better remasterings out there, as the games received a drastic visual overhaul while retaining the spirit of the seminal platformers. Speculation grew that the trilogy was only a timed exclusive, and that's now been confirmed after last night's Nintendo Direct presentation, showing that the game was coming to Nintendo Switch. However, Activision has since published a blog post to reveal that it was coming to Xbox One and Steam as well. Expect a 10 July launch date for the Switch, Xbox One and Steam versions of the N Sane Trilogy. Other games...

  • Watch new trailer for SA’s own Semblance, coming to PC, Switch

    Semblance is one of the more eagerly anticipated games coming from the African continent, the product of Nyamakop Games. Now, the studio has revealed a new trailer for the title, which is set to launch on Steam and Nintendo Switch. The trailer is also accompanied by news that the game has a publisher in the form of Good Shepherd Entertainment, responsible for titles like the Oh Sir franchise and Breach and Clear: Deadline. In case you've missed the game's concept, Semblance is a side-scrolling platformer that allows you to deform the environment to progress. "Can't reach a collectible? Just deform and elevate a...

  • Diablo 3 indeed confirmed for Nintendo Switch – report

    A few days ago, Blizzard caused a stir after posting a somewhat provocative tweet, forcing the company to say it didn't "have any current plans to announce" Diablo 3 on Switch. Now, sources have told Eurogamer that the port is indeed in the works, confirming it will be a port of Diablo 3. There was no word on whether the Switch version would add downloadable content as well. The publication's sources said they were surprised to see the Twitter post because "the game's reveal remains several months off". In case you missed the Twitter post in question, it showed a Diablo character...

  • Far Cry 5 will let you create, share scenarios/maps

    Scenario and map editors are all too rare in today's video games, but the Far Cry franchise has kept up with this tradition for the most part. Now, Ubisoft has revealed a drastically upgraded map and scenario editor for Far Cry 5, called Far Cry Arcade. The new suite lets you "build, share and play an endless variety of custom maps", using over 9000 objects (including items from various Ubisoft properties) and being able to tweak aspects like the day/night cycle. Additionally, the firm says that they'll be highlighting top maps and giving you the ability to follow specific creators. A trailer...

  • Overwatch fans think Brigitte looks like Mercy, raises awkward questions

    Overwatch's new off-tank-cum-support Brigitte might look similar to characters in Hi-Rez Studio's Paladins, but fans of the former suggest there are similarities with another particular character in Blizzard's hit shooter. Brigitte has Mercy’s face. from r/Overwatch Yes. Mercy. Now, this does beg a few questions: Is Blizzard that lazy to rehash assets already in-game for new characters? Are all of Overwatch's female characters basically the same model? And perhaps of more concern, did Torbjorn -- Brigitte's father -- and Mercy perhaps have a relationship beyond the lore? Either way, the conspiracy theories are extremely creepy, considering Mercy was 14 when Brigitte was born... "Oh...

  • Is Bravo Team the PSVR’s (nay, the PS4’s) worst title?

    Is your PSVR gathering dust? I wouldn't blame you if you thought Bravo Team might be the ideal title to squeeze more time out of the VR headset. Unfortunately, it looks like we might have an early candidate for the worst PS4 game of the year, according to several reviews. Eurogamer's Ian Higton labelled it "astonishingly bad", going so far to say it joins "Rogue Warrior, Turning Point and Hour of Victory as one of the very worst games you could play". Higton specifically calls out the "incredibly limited" field of movement, glitchy traversal mechanics and a "long list" of bugs...

  • The controversial story behind Hunt Down the Freeman

    Over the last few days, indie developers Royal Rudius Entertainment have received constant waves of harsh criticism following the release of their controversial title, Hunt Down the Freeman (HDTF), a first person shooter that heavily draws inspiration (and apparently a lot else) from Valve's Half Life Universe. From claims of stolen assets to inexperienced leadership, this has to be one of the most bizarre stories I’ve researched in my career as a video game journalist. Author note: I've tried my best to find the truth within the mess that is known as the internet, but currently it's still incredibly difficult...

  • Q&A: expect two seasons, real teams in second year of F1 esports

    The inaugural F1 esports season last year marked the first time that Formula One really embraced competitive gaming. Between the big viewer numbers, great commentary and entertaining races, it was hard to find fault with the first go. Last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we got more information on the second season, which will actually be split into two seasons (one based on the F1 2017 game, and the other based on F1 2018). We interviewed Dr Julian Tan, head of digital strategy and transformation for F1 esports. Tan confirmed that there will be two seasons this year, the first...

  • 11 intriguing video games landing before E3 2018

    E3 is traditionally the biggest event on the gaming calendar, taking place in June and attracting all the key players. But that doesn't mean developers and publishers are holding out their wares for the big event. Nope, here are some noteworthy games landing before E3 this year. Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Ubisoft's series is known for its rather exotic locations, spanning African landscapes, tropical islands and mountainous enclaves. Now, the latest game, set for release on 27 March, takes you to rural USA. Not quite Kyrat... In any event, the game's religious cult trappings and welcome co-op integration means you'll want to...

  • Indie spotlight: South African edition

    While the South African gaming development sphere may not be as active as some other countries, we have a rich variety on offer from local devs that rival even the best indie titles. There’s no shortage of variation either, as development studios sink their teeth into multiple genres – and sometimes even create their own. So what exactly are some of the titles SA devs are responsible for? Here are four recent and upcoming South African games which we have tried out…. Volantia Released at the end of 2017 as a Humble Original and set for a full release in 2018, Volantia is...