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  • 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...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for March revealed

    Xbox Live Gold subscriber? Then you'll be glad to hear that the Games with Gold lineup for March has been revealed. Xbox One owners can get their hands on Trials of the Blood Dragon from 1 to 31 March, while 16 March to 15 April sees Superhot up for grabs. These titles replace last month's picks, Shadow Warrior and Assassin's Creed Chronicles India. Xbox 360 fans (and Xbox One owners via backwards compatibility) are also receiving attention in the form of Brave (1-15 March) and Quantum Conundrum (16-31 March). These games replace Split/Second and Crazy Taxi. Don't care for March's Games with Gold lineup? Then...

  • Nintendo Switch Linux port delivers web browser, more

    We saw major progress being made on Linux for the Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, and now, the team behind the hack has made even more progress. The Fail0verflow team has posted a video on Twitter (spotted by Wololo), showing Linux running with touchscreen and 3D support. Heck, the video even shows the Chromium web browser up and running on the Nintendo console. Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do *this*? ;-) #switchnix pic.twitter.com/NMnBq61tOM — fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 17, 2018 The team had earlier claimed that this method of enabling homebrew support can't be patched in currently released Switch...

  • Your gaming event calendar for the rest of 2018

    2018 is set to be a big year in the video game world -- there are a myriad exciting upcoming titles on the horizon tantalising our imaginations. For the gaming journos however, every year brings the excitement of the gaming expos and media events - where all the big announcements are made and we evaluate the impact they’re likely to have on the gaming industry. Sure it’s no SONA… But events like these find journalists hanging on the every word of Microsoft and Sony execs in the same manner South Africans were glued to their TV screens as CR gave his...

  • 6 mobile games Malusi Gigaba should be playing in Parliament

    Was it Candy Crush or another match-three puzzler? In any event, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba caused a minor stir when a photo emerged of him playing a puzzle game on his iPad in Parliament. So with that in mind, we take a look at a few more puzzle games the minister should be playing on his tablet... Of course, the best kind of titles for Gigaba would be ones that allow for surreptitious, one-handed play -- all the better to act interested in official proceedings. Puzzle Bobble Journey (paid - Android, iOS) It's one of the more iconic puzzle/arcade titles in gaming, but did you...

  • Game Dev Tycoon and more: 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. Looking for a distraction? Or maybe it's a full-fledged experience? Either way, we've got a few mobile games to tickle your fancy as usual. Highlights this time include Game Dev Tycoon on Android and a rather emotional text messaging adventure. Check out the rundown below. Baseball Boy (free - Android, iOS) This title has hit the top of the iTunes charts, perhaps owing to its simple concept. Baseball Boy has you pitching a ball,...