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Reviews

  • Ghost Recon Wildlands [PS4] review: it’s ok, I guess

    Ubisoft's latest offering Ghost Recon: Wildlands tries its best to scrap with other releases such as Nier Automata (review) and Horizon Zero Dawn, which have attracted many gamers already. So why should you spend money on Ghost Recon: Wildlands then? Before I begin this review, it's worth pointing out that I started it immediately after finishing Horizon Zero Dawn, so it was indeed tough to review after finishing such a refreshingly new IP. Wildlands surprised me somewhat. Its antagonist's striking monologue in the opening makes you feel like you're about to be psychologically terrorised by a mind that seems far greater than they're letting on. Unfortunately,...

  • Moto Z Play review: does it need to play in traffic?

    The Moto Z managed to succeed where Google's Project Ara and LG's G5 failed, by delivering a phone with easy to use Moto Mod add-ons. Sure, it wasn't nearly as ambitious as replacing processors and RAM like Project Ara, but it was certainly a more elegant solution than LG's 2016 device. Lenovo also revealed the Moto Z Play at the tail-end of last year, featuring a not-quite-affordable-but-still-cheaper-than-the-flagship R9000 price tag. But is Moto Z Play worth a buy, then? Hardware design If there's one thing to say about the Moto Z Play, it's that it's a peculiar handset in the design department....

  • Frostrune [PC] review: beautiful in every way

    Frostrune is a captivating point-and-click adventure developed by Norwegian developers, Grimnir Media, set in a world heavily inspired by Norse and Viking mythology. I honestly can't recall the last time I encountered a game so gorgeous it took my breath away. From the ethereal beauty of its music and hand painted artwork to the hypnotic charm of its narrative, Frostrune is an experience that will linger in my mental recesses for quite some time to come. It is the summer of 965. You take on the role of a thirteen year old girl (who remains nameless for most of the game)...

  • Review diary: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Week Two]

    The latest game in The Legend of Zelda series makes for a rather interesting, albeit not unprecedented, situation. During its development, Nintendo decided that the Wii U title should come to the Nintendo Switch as well. It's not the first time that we've seen Nintendo make this decision for a Zelda game, with 2006's Twilight Princess launching on both GameCube and Wii. But Breath of the Wild is far more ambitious than Twilight Princess, owing to its wide-open world, free-form exploration and the constraints of Nintendo's new console. Week one - it's influenced by a lot of franchises I managed to spend...

  • LeEco Le 2 review: it’s a great phone but don’t buy it

    Chinese brand LeEco has quickly made a name for itself in the smartphone world, having entered the sector in earnest back in 2015. We saw the firm reveal the first USB Type-C handsets in the form of the LeTV Le 1 range, followed by the second-generation devices, dropping headphone jacks before Apple. On paper, these smartphones seem to pack great specs into an affordable package, evoking Xiaomi in many ways. What about real-world usage though? We reviewed the once-Takealot-exclusive LeEco Le 2. AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Our first review unit issued questionable adult ads in the notification tray, which seems to stem from the preinstalled...

  • Huawei Mate 9 review: the P10 is coming soon

    The Huawei Mate 8 (review) was a pretty good phablet upon its release, delivering a powerful chipset, capable camera and that long-lasting battery. The P9 (review) stepped things up in the camera department, delivering a well-received dual-camera setup, but falling a little short in the battery department (it was still good though), compared to the Mate device. Now, with Huawei's Mate 9 available in South Africa, we've got a Mate device that manages to combine a large battery and dual-camera setup. So is this the best of both worlds or a disappointment? Let's get on with the review... It's definitely got the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...

  • Urban Empire (PC) review: be the master and destroyer of worlds

    Urban Empire combines various elements of the citybuilder and political sim genres to create something the Finnish developer Reborn Games calls a “City Ruler”. This is a fascinating approach but one that produces a very complex and demanding gameplay experience as you are essentially playing two games at once. This also adds a healthy dose of unpredictability, something I’ve always appreciated in games. One moment your city will be flourishing and the next you will struggle to get it out of debt while simultaneously battling to win the election. Urban Empire can be a frustrating and unforgiving title, but for...

  • Quest of Dungeons [PS4] review

    I previously reviewed indie rogue-like title Quest of Dungeons on the Nintendo 3DS a few months ago and it was an excellent title with some minor shortcomings. Now, the game is available for the PlayStation 4. Is it worth purchasing the game again or at least owning it for the first time? The setup on the PS4 edition is still the same as previous releases: you play as one of four characters who venture through a dungeon and defeat the evil at the end. There’s a very thin story at the beginning of the two story adventures, but that’s about it. This...

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue [PS4] review

    The Kingdom Hearts series has been an interesting part of gaming culture since 2002. This mega cross-over between Disney and Square Enix has spawned a massive series that spans a number of consoles. With the next chapter in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, reportedly still a long way away, both companies seem to be tiding fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This new collection features a movie, a re-release, and a brand new game in the series. For this review, I’ll be looking at the collection -- shortened to KH2.8 -- as an overall package and not individual titles. After all,...