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Posted by Daniel Hallinan - 25 Feb 2015

When Gearbox won the bid to the Homeworld licence, it certainly raised eyebrows, and saw a mix of hope and fear for the franchise, particularly as the new team formed by many of the original Relic developers failed to get it themselves. And then Gearbox announced that, in collaboration with those aforementioned developers, they would be releasing a full remaster of the two main games of the franchise, with a heavy visual upgrade to boot.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 19 Feb 2015

Hatred is a twin-stick shooter that has gotten a ton of attention in recent weeks and months. Personally, I'm keen to play it because I enjoy twin-stick shooters and I really like the design behind Hatred. However, I know plenty of people are outraged by the genocide simulator. I reached out to the studios and got email answers to all our questions.

Posted by Daniel Hallinan - 12 Feb 2015

It’s been nearly two decades since Homeworld first released. A game that, at the age of twelve, was an utterly wondrous experience for me. The innovation of fully three dimensional movement (something which is still largely unseen in RTS games since), the beautiful atmospheric music, the even more beautiful art of distant nebulae, and the mystery and wonder of the tale being told of the Exile’s journey home.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 12 Feb 2015

Editor's note: this is an opinion piece by the author indicated and does not represent the views of the publication or its staff. I‘ve been following the GamerGate saga with great interest over the last few months but not for the reasons that most have been; divorcing Gamergate from all that harassment and looking instead at what many of those entrenched in the headless movement believe it to be about: Ethics in Games journalism. That itself is a noble pursuit, even if its current trajectory is off the mark. For me it’s been a great example of the power of media and the folly of fanatic liberalism.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 11 Feb 2015

Remasters are dope. Yo. You get to pay a second time for the same game, but with some extra cosmetic content and some of that DLC that you couldn’t be arsed about buying in the first place when the game was out originally. Only suckas buy remastered and definitive editions of games apparently. The thing is, people often underestimate my stupidity, because I would buy the hell out of a trilogy of Batman games.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 10 Feb 2015

They say he came from parts unknown, dragging hell behind him and a fistful of coins that could sway the hearts of any Greek corner cafe owner. He was a man with no name, a pilgrim that whistled Dixie and tamed any arcade cabinet that crossed his path. But the stranger met his match one day, when he ran afoul of Sunset Riders…

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 04 Feb 2015

Homeworld remastered is coming. After being rescued from the ashes of THQ by Gearbox, Homeworld 1 and 2 have been more than just touched up - they will be released at the end of the month and promise to lure in a whole new generation of gamers. I got to ask Brian Martel, Gearbox's chief creative officer, a bevy of questions, finding out all the reasons why anyone should still care about the original space RTS.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 03 Feb 2015

Blizzard’s newb-friendly MOBA Heroes of the Storm is currently in closed Beta. If you want a key, you can pray to the gods, or part with coin and purchase the founders pack, securing you access. If that doesn't sit well with you, you could always enter our beta key sweepstakes. Yes, we’ve got even MORE beta keys granting access to Heroes of the Storm.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 02 Feb 2015

A new year, a new video review! By now, you’ve probably read Sandy’s words about the game. All hundreds and hundreds if them, Or you’ve thought to yourself, “testicles to that idea” and scrolled to the bottom for the review score. Still, if reading isn’t your thing, then maybe watching a review is. So here’s our first video review of the year then, for 2015’s first big release.

Posted by Alessandro Barbosa - 02 Feb 2015

Zombies have become, for better or worse, a staple in nearly every form of consumable media. They appear in comics, series, films and games, and often take up the same role across the board. These lumbering, clumsy undead often epitomize the need for something fresh, but we're all still pretty content with them hanging around.. In a way, the familiar trope surrounding zombies perfectly sums up Techland's latest title, Dying Light. Like the appearance of the undead, Dying Light doesn't bring any surprises along with it, but remains an enjoyable experience to undertake nonetheless.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 30 Jan 2015

In just under two weeks, Evolve will launch around the world. It's a game that's received critical acclaim and a ridiculous amount of hype. But not all games are for all people. Here is a rundown of the various game elements and who they might appeal to; hopefully, this helps you decide if it's the type of thing you might like.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 30 Jan 2015

I like the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock controller. It’s a helluva lot better than the PS3’s controller, a  firm piece of plastic with some neat features. What isn’t neat however, is that damn lightbar. It’s a nice idea, but one in practice that has very little functionality beyond shepherding ships past dangerous rocks in foggy weather. Even with the latest firmware update providing an option to dim it, the Dual Shock controller still burns with the intensity of a star. But you can easily remedy that. Let me show you how.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Jan 2015

What’s old is new again. Many years ago, Grim Fandango popped up, and was the game to have. It was also fiendishly difficult, with solutions to mundane problems coming from out of nowhere to present themselves to people who thought a bit differently. Right now however, Grim Fandango has been remastered to torture the grey matter of a whole new generation of gamers. And if you’re stuck, well we’ve got the solution right here to all your digital woes. This is a guide, expect spoilers. Also, using a guide for an adventure game like this defeats the entire purpose. You have been warned.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 15 Jan 2015

It’s a fool’s errand, really, trying to get heavy, cloud-based services working from South Africa. Out internet infrastructure is, in general, too poor. Many of the PlayStation 4’s premier features – like live Twitch streaming and Share Play won’t work here because of our underdeveloped internet infrastructure. PlayStation Now has launched in the US. Though there’s no word on when we might see the service launch in Europe or here in Africa, I thought I’d try it and see if it worked, and if it did – how well.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 08 Jan 2015

I think by now that Disney Infinity has proven itself to be a valid contender in the toys to life genre. Disney Infinity is essentially a license to print money, and that’s thanks to some strong merchandising from the house of mouse. Last year, the franchise introduced capes and cowls to the universe in Disney Infinity 2.0. And you just know that a Disney Infinity 3.0 is on the way. And of course, they’re going to license the Force for the next installment. I’d bet my Jedi bathrobe on it! So I’m taking the pre-emptive route, and detailing which characters I’d like to see in that game.