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Reviews

  • Call of Duty: WW2 campaign review: heartless, headless, tactless

    For some strange reason (perhaps in preparation for the impending nuclear holocaust), the last 12 months have seen the gaming world remember the Great Wars -- two periods in human history that will never be forgotten. For many, they can't ever be forgotten. They've shaped our current maps, nations, boundaries and demilitarised zones. Statues, capital cities, agreements and accords. They've influenced so many of us, that you'll be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion about one of them. The strongest opinions have however come from game developers. Late last year, EA's DICE released Battlefield 1 -- a game that took a look at World...

  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: more like Forza 6.5?

    We've gotten to the point where a new Forza game is expected every year, as inevitable as a new Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed title. So does that mean Forza Motorsport 7 is a paint-by-numbers entry that shows signs of franchise fatigue? Let's start with the visual department, being a strong point for Forza Motorsport with each entry (save for FM 2 though). This year's title looks as fantastic as ever, featuring 1080p/60fps visuals on the base model Xbox One -- much like Forza Motorsport 6. I'm hard-pressed to point out any particular visual improvement over the previous FM title on...

  • iFrogz Coda wireless headset: great sound, but imperfect

    The iFrogz Coda wireless headset is a neat little piece of technology that, while producing great sound, is far from perfect. Let's start with the basics. The Bluetooth headset comes packed with a short charging cable and three sets of ear tips. The plastic device is made to clip onto your collar, and the wires are just over 30cm long. The body itself is light yet sturdy, and I -- a very accident prone individual -- have never worried about breaking it. At first blush, the magnetic clip seems worryingly weak, as if a small tug will pull it off your collar...

  • Golf Story review: you should get Switch’s indie treasure

    While big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have dominated coverage of Nintendo Switch games, the console has a few lesser-known titles that are absolute gems. One such game is Golf Story, an indie RPG by the small studio Sidebar Games. Unlike many indie titles on the console, it was developed solely for Nintendo's platform. The term "console seller" is usually reserved for major exclusives, but Golf Story is an exclusive that will unexpectedly sneak into your heart and make you glad you bought the console. So, after many hours playing this unexpected entry, how did the game measure up? Errr…...

  • InvisibleShield for Samsung Galaxy S8 review: compromised protection

    Screen protectors on today's flagship smartphones are damn near essential, even more so when said flagship is the made-of-eggshells Samsung Galaxy S8. Since the device launched earlier this year, I've heard one too many horror stories of users dropping their devices and completely ruining their screens. Thankfully, I haven't binned mine just yet, but I have however gone some lengths to protect it. Already rocking a fairly sturdy case I received at another launch event, American company ZAGG popped through an InvisibleShield screen protector for me to slap on and review as well. So how has it coped with my daily usage? First...

  • Samsung DeX conversational review: a look at the future?

    For the past six or seven years, smartphone brands have dabbled with mobile/desktop convergence. There was Motorola and the lapdock, Alcatel and its own effort and, of course, Microsoft and Continuum for Phones. This year though, we've seen Samsung take a stab at the "your phone is a PC... kinda" trend, launching the DeX dock alongside the Galaxy S8 (review). And at first appearance, it's pretty similar to Microsoft's effort in terms of hardware setup. Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons put the DeX through its paces -- read the conversational review below. Hardware Hadlee Simons: Take a look at the dock itself...

  • Super Mario Odyssey review: a madcap(py) adventure

    Who says platformers are dead? Between Super Lucky's Tale, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Sonic Mania and Yooka-Laylee, it's clear that platformers are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. But if you asked Mario, platformers never really went away, owing to Nintendo's fantastic releases over the past decade. There were the Super Mario Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker, just to name a few high profile offerings. Super Mario Galaxy had those gravity-defying planetoids, Super Mario 3D World offered a retro-inspired formula in a 3D environment (and Cat Mario!), while Super Mario Maker opted for a user-generated take on...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Gran Turismo Sport VR verdict: wait for more content

    Gran Turismo Sport has finally crossed the finish line, being the first GT game on PlayStation 4. And it represents quite a technological achievement too, owing to 4K/HDR compatibility and support for the PlayStation VR headset. It's the latter that intrigues us though, as it gives us a reason to use our PSVR headset. After all, games with a fixed seat tend to be best suited for VR, such as racing and flight titles. The game offers one-on-one races using the headset, as you compete against an AI opponent. And the initial results? Well, it gives us a tantalising taste of...