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Reviews

  • Alan Wake retro review: Twin Peaks meets Stephen King

    As most of us have probably heard by now, the narrative-driven horror shooter known as Alan Wake has been removed from all sales platforms following the expiry of various music licences. Fortunately, in light of this news the developers, Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break, Max Payne), gave the game a ninety percent discount for a limited time, allowing users one last chance to grab the game before its indefinite withdrawal. If you're reading this and did not jump at that opportunity, I unfortunately have to inform you that the chance has passed. If you visit the Alan Wake Steam page right now,...

  • Hisense C30 Rock: It’s invincible, but you’ll wish it wasn’t

    The Hisense C30 Rock is indestructible, but its software is so insufferable that you will almost wish it wasn't. Think Edward Cullen: beautiful exterior, strong like steel, but damn if you don't try and fight it anyway. The Rock and I got off to a bad start. The review phone Gearburn had been sent was still set to demo mode, and, every time it was unlocked, played a taunting jingle that haunts my dreams. And while that shouldn't bother the average consumer, I want you to understand the mocking nature of this phone. It promises, then giggles as it takes...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: a great phone, but not Galaxy S7 great

    How do you build on the success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (review)? It's quite possibly one of the best smartphones ever released, combining a killer camera with a respectable battery and a gorgeous screen. That alone is a tall order, but throw in the Note 7 disaster and you've got all eyes on Samsung, as it seeks to regain its place atop the Android smartphone pile. Speaking of "tall", that's the first thing you'll notice about the Galaxy S8... Design Imagine the Galaxy S7 Edge, but with thinner bezels, a similarly thin design and a taller form factor, and...

  • 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...

  • Flatout 4 Total Insanity review: coasting on fumes?

    The Flatout series is in many ways a spiritual successor to the Destruction Derby franchise. You've got arcade handling, a variety of race tracks set around various urban and rural environments and, of course, an emphasis on demolition derby hijinks. So then, Flatout 4: Total Insanity has a lot to live up to, but truth be told, I expected more from the game for the price. Where's the gameplay polish? Much like previous games, Flatout 4 has you taking on various tournament races and events. Earn enough points in each race and you win a cup, earning cash in the process. Earn enough cash...

  • LG G6 review: what’s the G5 anyway?

    "This feels distinctly unLG." Those were my first thoughts upon seeing and holding the LG G6 back in February. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as the last couple of years have seen the company deliver a variety of weird and whacky hardware flourishes. There was the LG G4 and its faux leather back (a design choice I really like, by the way). Then there was the G Flex 2 and its flexible design, replete with self-repairing back, powered by the furnace that was the Snapdragon 810. But LG pressed on and took a step too far by our reckoning, with...

  • Better Late Than Never: we review ‘Night in the Woods’ and ‘The Bucket Detective’

    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 two vastly different titles, both connected by their unique approaches to gaming: the breathtakingly beautiful Night in the Woods and the severely bizarre Bucket Detective. Night in the Woods Night in the Woods (NITW) is an incredible game. There’s just no other way of putting it. From the moment I entered its enchanting world to the very last, I was absolutely captivated. Spell-binding music scores accompany gorgeous visuals,...

  • Lego Worlds [Xbox One] review

    During my final play session of Lego Worlds, the game stopped my character dead in his tracks from exploring as it had to load the rest of the area. What was I doing at the time that triggered this problem? Trying to get a plane off of the ground in order to explore the world, but it crashed into an invisible wall mid-level. That was the last time I played Lego Worlds. Developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Brothers, Lego Worlds is a game that strays from most previous Lego titles. It discards licenses like Star Wars or...

  • 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....