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Reviews

  • 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,...

  • Nioh review diary: git gud or die trying

    Welcome to my Nioh review diary. This will be the parchment on which I document my struggle to git gud with yet another Japanese RPG. How will it end? With me dead, probably. Nevertheless, I will be adding entries fairly frequently to this review, as I make my way though the game's grisly worlds. If you're interested, please bookmark this page and remember to return regularly. Entry #1: introducing Nioh Time played: 3 hours Chapter: 1, escaping the Tower of London Mental state: good, but blood pressure is worrying Note: although I'm still downloading the bulk of Nioh's bytes, the game does allow you to...

  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard [PS4] review

    During the past decade the Resident Evil franchise has gone through some interesting (read: odd) changes. The shift towards action-heavy titles may have come with decent sales numbers, but it also include splitting the core fanbase who adored the survival horror aspect. Developer and publisher Capcom has taken a huge leap of faith with the latest title, but is it enough to rejuvenate the series? The story starts off relatively simple and is a horror cliché. Ethan's wife disappeared several years before the events of the game and sends him a message to come and find her (Silent Hill 2,...

  • Meizu M3 Note review: is this the budget phone for m3?

    The Chinese smartphone sector is still booming, with several major companies dominating proceedings. You've got Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo all duking it out for supremacy. Their efforts are being keenly felt in South Africa too, as the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi hit the market, delivering a mix of premium and budget-minded offerings. But another notable player making its way to South Africa is Meizu, in the form of the Pro 6 (review) and the M3 Note. We've already reviewed the Pro 6 though, finding a R7999 handset that, while solid, doesn't quite compare to other phones in its price...

  • Meizu Pro 6 reviewed: will this Chinese flagship Ameizu?

    When it comes to Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei and Xiaomi are on the tip of most tongues these days. But Meizu is another respected brand in the country, slowly making its way around the world. South Africa is the latest launch nation for the company, in partnership with 2C Telecoms, and the Pro 6 is Meizu's flagship product. Well, technically there is the Pro 6 Plus, but in a local context, the Pro 6 is its top-flight device. At a prepaid price of R7999, the Pro 6 has the same price tag as the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). But does it...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • Farming Simulator 17 [Xbox One] review: Old MacDonald had a clunky farm

    There’s pretty much a game for everyone. From simulating railroads and buses to dating pigeons. For those of with a green thumb and a lack of imagination, there's Farming Simulator 2017. For those of you who have played games with farming aspects, such as Harvest Moon or even Minecraft, the Farming Simulator series is a whole lot different. In fact, it's an incredibly deep simulation tool with some odd (read:bland) design choices. If you're not willing to sink hours of your life selling freshly harvested wheat to bakeries, then this may not be for you. Did you expect this to have...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...