I played a lot of crap over those dry twelve months of gaming. The Crew, WWE 15, Assassins Creed: Unity, Destiny, Call of Duty, Watch Dogs, The Evil Within and a hell of a lot more. These were average games at best that boasted new features, better graphics but little to speak of when it came to honest-to-goodness fun. And if it weren’t for the PSN outage at the end of 2014, I wouldn’t have played Far Cry 4 at all – so a rare thanks to Lizard Squad. Read more on Gearburn.
We’re paying a lot of money for games now (R899 is average in South Africa, about US$80), so they’re expected to deliver their money’s worth. Advanced Warfare delivers a lengthy single player campaign, with a constant assault of Michael Bay moments mixed in with excellent graphics and audio. After finishing the surprisingly long single-player mission, I was left satisfied. Read more on Gearburn.
Internet people love hyperbole. "The best smartphone ever," some write when describing an iPhone 6. "This is the greatest gadget of all time," says another about the HTC One M8. I don't like using hyperbole, but ironically there's no other way to describe BlackBerry's Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever... for business. It's not average and it's not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Read more on Gearburn.
The chatter on the internet when November's free PlayStation Plus games were announced was fairly hostile. Users moaned about the games but when I heard what was being released -- Escape Plan, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig are three excellent games, all for the price of nothing at all (if you don't count the PSN subscription fee). While all have been out for quite some time, they're now free on PSN so, how do they still hold up? Read more on Gearburn.
Games take themselves too seriously. Between the serious death and destruction of Mass Effect, Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare, games like Hotline Miami, Sunset Overdrive and yes, the titular Shadow Warrior stand out as titles that just wanna have fun. So I'm here to tell you that Shadow Warrior, a remake of a fairly racist Nineties classic by 3D Realms, is fantastic fun. Here's a game that doesn't take itself seriously for even a split-second, even while you're spinning through crowds of exploding demons with a fiery Katana. Read more on Gearburn.
Input is important. Without a keyboard and mouse (two extremely antiquated but necessary forms of input we're still clinging onto), a computer is next to useless. Sure, there are gamepads, Kinect and a whack of other peripherals, but computer control is defined by the humble mouse and keyboard. These are also the two objects that are rarely upgraded by the user. Well, Logitech's impressively named G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse is here to change that as it's most definitely the best mouse for gaming or serious business shite. Read more on Gearburn.
Think of LG as the anti-Samsung. It's making good strides with the mobile phone market and doesn't tend to waste billions on flashy advertising. A few years back, it was virtually unheard of in the portable device market, but it remained the go-to company for home appliances. But it fought back with the incredible LG G2 and G3, two of the best Android phones in the recent years. With great screens, competitive pricing and slick interfaces, LG's new batch of phones sold well and was generally embraced by the smartphone-hungry market. And now we have the mini-G3, the LG G3...
Apple kinda launched this event on us with little notice. Today marks the release of the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2. Their components may not even be that much of a surprise this time, as information regarding both the new Apple tablets have been seemingly leaked by the company itself. Here's an image, as obtained by 9to5mac. Both have the TouchID fingerprint recognition sensor, as well as Burst Shot mode. It's not a revolution, but we also expect much more from camp Apple. Read more on Gearburn.
What's coming from Apple's 16 October event? Wouldn't you like to know? So would we, that's why we dug around for everything that's possibly coming from camp Cupertino. iPads We all know the deal by now. The new iPad Air will be thinner, lighter, faster and most likely feature TouchID. There's also some hope that there will be new colours for the iPad Air 2, especially Champagne Gold. Please let there be Champagne Gold. Read more on Gearburn.
I've never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it's an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I'm an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I've been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it's called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it's both comfortable and styled like a robot's necklace), LG's Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Read more on Gearburn.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (yes, that's its actual name) is what those in the business call " extremely fun". It's an incredibly varied, accessible and detailed fighter with more than 50 characters, lovingly crafted to look and feel like the games they've been pinched from. Pikachu squeaks when it launches a lightening bolt. Link of Legend of Zelda fame yells as he whirlwinds towards Mario, and Sonic whizzes with the gusto of his Sega Genesis days. Super Smash Bros. is, most of all, a nostalgia trip down the long and storied road of Nintendo's past and present successes. This game...
Dilemma: I have two hard drives for review. The enormous 12-terabyte Western Digital MyBook Duo (US$650), and Seagate's ultra-slim 2-terabyte Backup Plus Slim (US$150). Both are USB 3.0, and boast transfer speeds that reach 240MB/s. But which one is more useful than the other? You'd think this was an easy decision to make, 'cause size matters. That's only half the story though. Come with me as we explore both drives and discover which one will make the most difference in your daily life. Read more on Gearburn.
South African Xbox One fans, your time is now. Today, the Xbox One launches in South Africa, a mere eleven months after the 22 November 2013 U.S. launch. Eleven months later. During that time, the Xbox One has seen a price drop, been beaten in sales by Sony’s PlayStation 4, failed in Japan and released a whack of great, to really average games. In my opinion, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a solid follow-up to the glorious Xbox 360. It has a sturdy controller, brilliant design and one of the most stable online environments yet conceived. But it’s saddled with a bucket-load...
Altech’s Node is smart. Well, it’s packed with a lot of smart ideas, but will this all-in-one home automation device, available 19 September in South Africa, manage to make a dent in a pretty fickle market? It all depends on expectations. Do you expect a home entertainment device to totally control your residence, from lights, to security cameras, even topping up your prepaid airtime? Then Node’s for you. Do you expect to score the “Netflix” of South Africa, streaming the latest content at a moments notice? While Node has content a-plenty, it may not be to your liking.
The buzzword "smart home" fits nicely alongside terms like "The Internet of Things". But the smart home is tangible, it is something. Best of all, it's something well within the reach of us, the little people. First off, what is a smart home? Explaining A smart home is home automation. Remote surveillance, WiFi-enabled stoves, automated porch lights, flush-aware toilet bowls, stuff like that. With an internet-enabled device connected to a smart home appliance, the possibilities are fairly endless. Think of a remote control for your gate at home, but on a grand scale, and contained within an app on your phone...