Author: Darryn Bonthuys

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 21 Oct 2014

I won’t lie to you: This job isn’t exactly easy. But it does have perks, such as your hair going grey early and playing the latest games a little bit earlier than everyone elseso that you can get a review out in time for launch day. We’re busy with one such game right now, Sunset Overdrive. And we need your help on this one.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 21 Oct 2014

If there is one specific genre that arcades excel at, it’s the humble light-gun shooter. From feelin’ lucky in Lethal Enforcers, to saving the world with Aerosmith music and filling your hand in Mad Dog McCree, those  arcade units were simply the best at gobbling tokens in exchange for bullets. And the best out of all them? Time Crisis, the king of light gun shooters. And it’s finally headed back to arcades.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 21 Oct 2014

There’s been one hell of a brouhaha over Hatred. Some folks call it a proper murder simulator. Other people get violently ill at the idea of forcing a gun into the mouth of a digital lady and decorating the pavement with trendy grey matter. But you see, you’ve got it all wrong. Hatred isn’t that bad. It’s actually all about the value of life, and hugs and tickles and peace and love! Don’t believe me? See for yourself below what I’m talking about.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 20 Oct 2014

So I may be heading back to a gym again. Having signed up at a new place that is opening up, which has the very attractive proposition of offering a no-contract option, I’ve realised that I need to get some clothing for exercise. Which according to my knowledge, are Tapout T-shirts, Bad Boy pants and reflective tape so that I can watch myself when I do any kind of exercise. I can only afford two of the three however, so it looks like I’ll be squatting without trendy pants on. Ladies…

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 20 Oct 2014

Audio is now more important than ever. From your regular built-in sound cards for the average consumer, to the dedicated bits of hardware that can now be purchased for cleaner audio, there are plenty of options out there. But what if you want the very best? What if money isn’t an issue for you? That’s where the Asus Essence Mark II comes in. It’s high-level audio at a high-level price. But sweet Dolby, does it deliver on that price tag.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 20 Oct 2014

Bread. It’s been the staple of many an early morning breakfast, and the current bane of the diet industry. I mean, look at it. It’s filled with glutens. And I may not know what a Gluten is exactly, but I do know that dubious science and untrustworthy thin people have convinced me that consuming such stuff will cause my genitals to violently detach and fly off. Now, dieting’s greatest villain is getting its own game.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

It’s pretty much the final innings for this year now. rAge is done and dusted, there are a ton of games on the way and I am in no way ready for any of this. Still, at least I can take solace in the fact that I have my trusty team to stand with me in my darkest hour and help me…Crap, they’ve all buggered off for the day.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

I’ve been doing the cosplay thing for a few years now. You’d know this because I rarely ever shut up about it. My philosophy however, has always been for quality over quantity, resulting in basically just one costume a year that I pour all my effort into for rAge. And this year, the cosplay that was on show was a cut above from previous years.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out locally today, while well-connected PC gamers laugh at you from the safety of their massive bandwidth allowances. It’s pretty much more Borderlands 2, which means more guns and oddball humour in the end. It also means more references to films, television and tropes of ye older days of pop culture. And trust me, the Pre-sequel has many Easter eggs waiting to be discovered.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

We’re in a new current-gen. This is the time of the year that I’m officially declaring new-gen and next-gen to be obsolete words, after the adoption of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We’re in a generation of gaming that is promising more power, more social interactions and less shiny horse armour DLC. But to get there, some of us had to let go of the past. How easy was it for you?

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

HEY KIDS! This year, December isn’t the barren wasteland of non-gaming releases thanks to a veritable glut of October and November launches. There are some great games coming out. Some big, some small and some in between like my gut after the traditional feast of Sandy Claws. But if there’s one game that has my blood on fire, it has to be the new Guilty Gear game. That’s right my lovelies, the Yuletide season is about to get messy with off the wall combos and special moves when the latest GG game arrives.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 17 Oct 2014

As a pure gaming device, the PlayStation 4 may be one of the best consoles ever made. But therein lies the rub, as that is exactly what the console is essentially. A pure gaming device. Unlike previous PlayStations, the PS4 launched without any true media support. That all changes, sort of, in the upcoming system software 2.00 update that is codenamed Masamune. Which is also one bitchin’ cool codename for a mere patch.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 16 Oct 2014

Bugger Resolution-Gate and this obsession with eating 1080 peas, the red-headed stepchild of vegetables. The true issue in gaming should be all about frame rates. Nothing beats the silky smooth 60 frames per second of some games, and no matter how much I’m sold on a game aiming for a “cinematic” feel with 24 to 30 frames per second, I’ll go for the soap opera look every time. The Crew is one such game that is going for that 30fps territory. But it might be driving faster on PC.