Author: Darryn Bonthuys

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 02 Mar 2015

Collector’s Editions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but they certainly can help to shift some games, especially for the more rabid fanbases out there. Batman: Arkham Knight has two such editions available, which have just been confirmed for a local release as well by Ster Kinekor . And you might need to own Wayne Manor in order to have enough coin to afford them.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 02 Mar 2015

There’s a couple of games that everybody should experience in their lifetime. Contra, Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Bros 3 for starters. But add No One Lives Forever to that list as well. Part spy thriller, part shoot ‘em up action and equal parts fun, the game is a cult classic that deserves more love. And at one point, it looked like the game was going to get that love with a fresh remaster. Time to wake up however, as the proposed return of Agent Cate Archer isn’t happening.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 02 Mar 2015

I’m a motorcycle kind of guy. I love the idea of numbing my butt over a long ride, the thrill of a fast jaunt through a thunder-storm and the bastard thrill of splitting a lane to get past some traffic which inevitably results in some chap in a VW Golf that has go-faster stripes on the side going into heat and then showing his virility by revving his engine incessantly. Unfortunately, my choice of motorcycle is limited to two at the moment, so I’ll have to make do with some digital bikes instead. Fortunately, Ride will have plenty to choose from.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

Mortal Kombat 9 may have been a great fighting game, but it had something else going for it as well when it released several years ago: Namely, a great story that softly rebooted the first two games in the series. Story details on Mortal Kombat X however, have been locked up tighter than those scandalous photos of Sindel at the Outworld Enquierer. Until today that is.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

Sometimes, it’s the small things in life that can make you happy. And no, I’m not talking about when I go to the bathroom. I recently acquired an electronic fly zapper, after a fish braai ended in tragedy once every single one of those bastard insects descended on the meal. And life has never been so happy. Its allowed me to work on my backhand, swatting flies down for good and filling the air with a rather unique aroma of burning wings and zapped appendages. I have of course, shocked myself several times with the damn thing, but it was still worth it to finally get an edge in the long-running war with the braai-ruining flies. Victory, is indeed mine.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

Destiny is pretty much several games in one package. On the one hand, you’ve got the pseudo-RPG mechanics intertwined with the shoot ‘em up nature of this beast. On the other hand, you’ve got an arena shooter in the Crucible, a mode that is home to some deadly-skilled players. And on the third hand derived from a terrible mutation, you’ve got the waiting game, as Destiny will be changing once again with the latest playlist update.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

PC may be superior to consoles in many ways, but stable week one multiplayer launches aren’t exactly common on that platform. Numerous games have launched over the years with a rather broken online aspect that has necessitated the need for various patches and tweaks, much to the consternation of PC gamers who just want to go and murder their friends in a horrible manner in multiplayer matches. Battlefield 4 was a prime example of this. But developer Visceral wants to assure players that the launch of Battlefield: Hardline won’t be anywhere as catastrophic as that particular game.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

When I told people that I was actually keen to play Fable Legends, they laughed at me. Then they made fun of my gigantic money-hat, occasionally stealing a loose R20 note when my back was turned the other way to avoid their scorn. Well who’s laughing now, huh? Because Fable Legends is going to be a completely free to play game! HA HA!

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Feb 2015

The original trilogy of Mortal Kombat games is easily one of the finest games ever made. Tight, focused and downright gruesome, each successive game also experimented with new ways to paint your 16 bit screen with red pixels of a viscous nature. The original Mortal Kombat introduced fatalities, with Mortal Kombat 2 then adding Friendships and Babalities to the mix. Then Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 took things a step further with the ridiculous Animalities and the thumb-breaking ultimate finisher: The Brutality. And that infamous finisher is making a comeback in Mortal Kombat X.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Feb 2015

Big. Green. Prone to violent fits of rage that stem from gamma-induced steroid strength that had certain “side-effects”. But enough about Sandy’s dietary habits. We’re here to talk about the Hulk. And this Hulk is going to smash him some Ultron bots, if you have any in your collection of figures that is.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Feb 2015

DRAGON DRAGON! ROCK THE DRAGON! DRAGON BALL Z! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! If you’re still playing a Dragon Ball Z game these days, then you most certainly aren’t doing it for the story. After decades of exposure, the Dragon Ball Z saga has pretty much run itself ragged, as players can only throw a spirit bomb at Frieza so many times before the novelty wears off. But what about a game where those infamous battles have been altered, resulting in wildly different outcomes? Is such an idea any good? Surprisingly, yes. Yes it is.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Feb 2015

If there’s one franchise that I adored in the previous generation of games, it had to be Darksiders. Sure, it was highly derivative of other games (COUGH LEGEND OF ZELDA COUGH!), but hot damn was it fun. And it was also visually distinct, thanks to comic book artist Joe Madureira handling lead art duties on the game. Darksiders developer Vigil Games went on to create a sequel before their parent company THQ folded due to bankruptcy, taking any chance of a big second sequel with them. But the spirit may live on, in the next game from Joe Mad and his new studio, Airship Syndicate.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Feb 2015

Forza Horizon 2 was easily the best racing game of 2014, no matter what Geoff and Matty had to say as they proved that democracy was not for the people when they gave Mario Kart the award last year for best driving title around. Ahem, sour grapes aside, I’m still digging the game. Forza Horizon 2 managed to perfectly encapsulate the joy of having a car that costs more than a house, and the sheer heartache of crashing it and ruining the paint job. It’s also the kind of game that is getting ready to live its life a quarter of a mile of a time.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 25 Feb 2015

If you're anything like me, then you most likely have a "House Party" protocol that instantly summons a horde of remote-AI-piloted Iron Man armours to your side, comprised of suits that are perfect for any occasion. You're most likely also highly delusional, and wondering why your cardboard armour doesn't hold in the rainy weather if you;re having such thoughts, but at least you aren't alone. Iron Man is a character that is made to sell action figures. And this latest variant has me sold, and then some.