Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Review (PS5) – Straight outta Midgar
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by Adam Mathew
1w ago
Well, this is going to be the easiest review ever. Not only is the original Final Fantasy VII one of the most beloved, replayed, and overanalysed RPGs of all time, but today’s continued reissuing of it has received two multi-hour demos. You’re probably pretty confident that you understand everything there is to know about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth at this point. Or do you? Obviously, with a remake that’s already shown its desire to go “full multi-verse” with the source material, the answer is a huge no on the story front. Likewise, there’s the matter of shoehorning to consider—just how much of ..read more
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LG Sound bar S77S Review
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by Kizito Katawonga
2w ago
I have had the opportunity to review numerous Dolby Atmos sound bars over the years. However, I have to admit that it has been a frustrating journey. These sound bars claim to deliver room-filling sound that reflects off the ceiling and walls around you, offering a magical and immersive experience. Yet, despite these promises, the LG Sound Bar S77S, like many others, is unable to live up to this dream. The new LG Sound Bar S77S is priced at $999.00, which is $200 more than the LG SH7Q that I reviewed last. For the extra money, you get 400W of power, which is half of what the SH7Q offered. Addi ..read more
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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Review (PS5) – True romance is dead
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by Adam Mathew
2w ago
Let’s be dead serious for a moment. January to mid-February is a graveyard for gaming releases. Across the decades, I’ve watched hideous spectres rise from the depths of development hell during many Q1s of olde. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden seemed to be such a creature from the onset. An imperfect soul, wailing for attention but perhaps not worthy of possession. Well, we now know never to judge a Necronomicon by its cover or a game by its launch window. Imagine my complete surprise when Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden‘s ghost bustin’ proved to be the furthest thing from an exorcise in futility ..read more
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LG QNED86 Mini LED 4K Smart TV Review
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by Kizito Katawonga
3w ago
In the TV space, it’s nigh impossible to beat OLED TV’s when it comes to perfect contrast and colour vibrancy. But OLED isn’t perfect thanks to it’s low peak brightness and the risk of image burn-in. So what’s the next best thing if you want an experience on par with OLED minus the drawbacks? The answer is probably Mini LED and the new LG QNED86 Mini LED QNED Smart TV is a prime example. A Mini LED TV uses thousands of really small LED backlights arranged in equally numerous dimming zones which can be turned off to give almost matching contrast of OLED. The advantage being that Mini LED panels ..read more
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Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 34″ WQHD Curved Gaming Monitor Review
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by Kizito Katawonga
1M ago
In 2023, OLED gaming monitors became a reality and Samsung, the world’s leading OLED panel maker, introduced the Odyssey OLED G8, a stunning 34-inch, curved WQHD gaming monitor. I have been using it for the past two months and it is beautiful.  Although the OLED panel on this monitor is not the latest WOLED or QD-OLED, Samsung has incorporated various technologies from its TV line, making the OLED G8 more than just a gaming monitor. The monitor boasts Tizen OS, which allows it to function as a standalone TV, and Sammy’s Neo Quantum Processor that optimizes image quality.  The OLED G8 ..read more
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Tekken 8 Review (PS5) – Better, the devils you know
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by Adam Mathew
1M ago
Rare are the times when I’ll cheer at a screen and fist-pump, but Tekken 8 awakened my dormant Douche gene and drew that right out of me. In my defence, you’d have to be devoid of a heartbeat if you didn’t feel something when it came time to settle a score that’s been brewing for three console generations and 23 years of your life. Finally! We’ll get a chance to see whether father or son will remain upright after that iconic double-blast hook to the chops. Personally, my money’s on the one with the stupid haircut. Which could mean either one… I won’t reveal much more about Tekken 8’s campaign ..read more
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Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED Reviews
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by Kizito Katawonga
1M ago
Asus seems to have taken a very distinct path with their laptop offerings which can basically be boiled down to two core categories; Gamers and Creators. The new Vivobook Pro 16X OLED falls squarely in the latter category, positioned as a cheaper alternative to the acclaimed Zenbook Pro and ProArt Studiobook lines. The Vivobook Pro is very close in nature sporting a gorgeous, color accurate OLED display, powerful Intel processors and Nvidia graphics for on the go content creation. However, with the Zenbook Pro 16X costing a whopping $6,100, the Vivobook Pro 16X is a relative steal at $3,400 an ..read more
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The Last of Us Part II Remastered Review (PS5) – Take on me, take me on
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by Adam Mathew
1M ago
Though The Last of Us was universally praised by critics and gamers alike, the “masterpiece” status of its follow-up remains a hotly debated thing (among my circle of mates and colleagues at least). I’ll leave that conversation for angrier folks on the Internet than I, but I will say that most of the The Last of Us Part II opinions I formed initially—in the blessed vacuum of a pre-launch, pre-drama reviewing window—remain the same. Others, however, have shifted with the benefit of time and perspective.  The overriding impression The Last of Us Part II Remastered gave me is that I was corr ..read more
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IPhone 15 Pro Max: 3 Months Later
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by Kizito Katawonga
1M ago
It’s been almost three months since Apple announced its latest line of iPhone 15 and 15 Pro phones at their annual event in Cupertino. This year was all about the long-overdue move to USB Type-C, as well as a new Titanium body. I wasn’t quick to give a review because, these days, phones, like a lot of modern tech, are far more than just cool hardware and specs. How well do they hold up physically to daily use? And how does performance change over time? Software updates can completely change one’s experience with a device, and the iPhone isn’t immune to that. For example, shortly after launch ..read more
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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review (PS5) Review – The Avatar Formerly Known as Prince
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by Adam Mathew
1M ago
Prince of Persia is a series stepped in sadism, and I have 35 years of PTSD to prove it. In the 1989 original, Broderbund hurled me into the deep end of spike impalings, chomper dismemberment, and blood-curdling shrieks as I meteored down to my deaths. In the 2000s, Ubisoft augmented that torment by shifting us into 3D brawling plus the timeless bastardry of fourth-dimensional traps. As you’d expect, the escalation of dev-on-player abuse reaches new heights in this reboot, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. It mushes the deliciously cruel platforming of a classic Metroidvania into the relentles ..read more
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