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Farpoint – The closest you’ll ever get to being a space marine

At some point, when playing Farpoint on PlayStation VR, you’ll experience the moment. It could be the first time an alien spider-thing flings itself at your face, or when you’re cowering behind rocks while hostile flying robots fire missiles at you, or simply when you emerge from a dusty tunnel into a graveyard of rusted star cruisers. But one way or another, it’ll definitely hap...[Read More]

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Eye-popping specs aren’t enough to lift Sony’s latest into the top tier

Ever wanted to go to a restaurant and ask for everything on the menu? The burger, the seafood, the chicken, and the ribs? Tell them it’s your birthday, when it’s actually just a Wednesday? This sort of excess is what the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is about. It has a 4K HDR screen, one of the fastest phone processors currently available, 64GB storage and a 19MP camera. The only downside, other than the...[Read More]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Nintendo’s best ever racer powerslides onto Switch

There are two types of people in the world: those who’ve played Mario Kart 8 already and those who have not. If you belong to the former group, then take pity on the latter. For they have never conquered Mount Wario, been chilled to the bone by Luigi’s ‘death stare’ and seen first place smashed away from them by an ill-timed blue shell. OK. Life is a little more complicated than that: some people ...[Read More]

Prey — You’ll never look at a cup of coffee the same way again

Those facehuggers from the Alien films – pretty scary, right? Now imagine that when they’re not only trying to jam tentacles down your throat, but they’re camouflaged as the innocuous-looking office chair you’re sitting on, too. Or the simple coffee cup you’re drinking out of. Or literally any other object in the room. That’s what makes Prey‘s mimics, vici...[Read More]

GoPro Karma — Doesn’t quite hit the stratospheric heights of its rivals

GoPro’s Karma must have flown into a few mirrors as it left the factory in 2016, as a battery disconnect issue among early models led to a full product recall in November of that year. It was a bad time for the action cam maker, but after some reworking its debut drone is back. Unfortunately for GoPro, its competitors haven’t stood still, and the likes of DJI’s Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro models...[Read More]

Kobo Aura H2O (2017) — Travel tech worth making room in your luggage for

Winter is coming, which means that all the cold folks are going to seek someplace warm to hang out. Someplace with a beach, probably. And taking along a good book only makes that better. Filling your luggage with paperbacks isn’t too practical, though – especially when you’re flying with a low-cost airline that’ll charge you for anything other than carry-on bags. You know the one. That’s why...[Read More]

Leica M10 — Is this new take on the revolutionary rangefinder a modern classic?

There’s just no mistaking that iconic red dot, is there? Photography fanatics have been flocking to Leica for decades, because of its uncompromising focus on quality – in terms of the cameras themselves, as well as the pictures they take. The Leica M10, which follows the incongruously-named Leica M Typ 240, has all the retro stylings that any photographer with a keen sense of style (and heri...[Read More]

Apple iPad (2017) – It might look like more of the same but…

The new iPad is now just plain old ‘iPad’. But in contrast to the revolutionary original, this latest Apple tablet looks like a regression – half-way between its two Air-branded predecessors. It might be easy to give this latest iteration a cursory glance and conclude it doesn’t do anything new, but take one look at the price and you’ll change your tune. R6,000 for this iPad suggests that Ap...[Read More]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The one Zelda everyone can (and should) play

The Nintendo Switch is the newest console to land on the market and a new console needs some new games to go with it. Nintendo are famous for their game quality, as it happens, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was their pick to sell the portable-but-still-home-friendly console to gamers. So we were expecting awesome right out of the gate. How could we not with the prospect of exploring ...[Read More]

Nintendo Switch – Now that you can game anywhere you don’t need a social life

Nintendo fans, and gamers who are looking for another platform to play on, are in somewhat of a bind. The Switch is out and it’s trying something new. But after being burned by the Wii U, is there really a reason for players to take a chance on the Nintendo Switch? The short answer to that is ‘Yes’, but it’s an answer that comes with a couple of caveats. We can’t say ...[Read More]

For Honor – Can Ubisoft’s medieval soldier-em-up conquer the world?

If you played For Honor for an hour, there’s a risk you might leave it disappointed and confused. After an absurd overload of information and a, frankly, too-short tutorial, nobody could be angry at you for not delving deeper – but, if you decide to stick with it, For Honor has depth and some good ideas and unique gameplay beneath the surface. There are so many modes, upgrades, and customisa...[Read More]

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – A classy, though costly, compact

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a serious compact for serious photographers. Just take a look at that all-black colour scheme: your six-year-old nephew won’t want anything to do with it. It’s the kind of thing you’re meant to grab when a DSLR is too much of a bother, but you still want to be able to take a great snap. But is it good enough to claim the very top spot of the best pre...[Read More]

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