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Trials Rising – Engine in perfect nick, body could use a bit of work

The Trials series from developer RedLynx has been around in one form or another since 2000, though many players will have had their first exposure to the game with 2008’s Trials HD on the Xbox 360. The premise of the game hasn’t changed much in the eleven year’s since that game and 2019’s Trials Rising. You’re still on a motorcycle and you still need to use delicate t...[Read More]

Turtle Beach Recon 200 – Another budget gaming audio contender enters the arena

It’s a strange time to be a gamer — in general, but specifically in South Africa. There are more games than ever before, the quality of those games is consistently high (we’re obviously not referring to shovelware, asset flips, and other get-less-poor-quick cash-ins). But games are also more expensive than they’ve ever been, which leaves a little less in the budget for dece...[Read More]

Far Cry: New Dawn – Trying to build a better world

There's a shorter tale and lighter character development than we're used to from the series, but there's nonetheless great fun to be had from causing mayhem.

Kingdom Hearts 3 – Hope you’ve been paying attention, we’re off on an adventure

We really wanted to fall absolutely head-over-heels in love with Kingdom Hearts 3, the culmination of several games in the Kingdom Hearts series that started in 2002 on the PlayStation 2. Seventeen years is a long time to be telling a single story and if that story is the domain of Square Enix (the folks responsible for the very complicated Final Fantasy universe), almost two decades on a tale...?...[Read More]

SteelSeries Rival 310 – On the one hand, it’s a pretty good mouse

We really, really want to love the SteelSeries Rival 310, a gaming mouse that is technically a budget piece of kit. For the most part, we totally do. The Rival 310 is a slick piece of hardware, an achievement for something with so few moving parts. There's only one thing that's really wrong with it, and that's only because the reviewer's a bit of an anomaly. If we could change one thing about the ...[Read More]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – For once, the overblown title isn’t hyperbole

When Nintendo took the wraps off Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year, fans around the world were very, very excited. The internet was flooded with videos of fans losing their collective minds at the prospect of a return to Final Destination on the Switch. 

SoundMagic P22BT – Brilliant Bluetooth on a budget

There's a universal constant when it comes to freelance work -- that gig economy we've all heard about. Fast, Good, and Cheap: You're only allowed to have two. The world of tech is often similar. You can have it well-designed, high-performance, or cheap(er). Getting one of the trio is tough enough, and most folks will settle for two (Exhibit A? Apple's large sums of money). Finding all three is li...[Read More]

LG V40 ThinQ review – A mid-ranger with flagship ambitions

When your opponents are as slick as LG's are, you've really got to pull out the stops and offer something unique if you're going to make consumers take notice. LG's tried hard with the awkwardly named V40 ThinQ, but the results are a mixed bag.

Mobicel Hype X review – Should you believe the Hype?

The Mobicel Hype X has a touch of the peacock about it -- pull one of these out of your pocket and folks are going to notice.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – More than one way to cook a Goose

It feels as though it’s been a long time since a decent flight game was available on consoles. It’s been a long time since Ace Combat: Horizon and even longer since Ace Combat 6 (way back in 2007 on the Xbox 360). We don’t talk about that free-to-play thing, Ace Combat Infinity. The only similar games in the meantime seem to have been the Tom Clancy’s HAWX series which, whi...[Read More]

Hisense Infinity H11 – A neat little mid-range black rectangle

We’re quite fond of Hisense’s range of smartphones here at the Stuff offices, for reasons that might seem counterintuitive. They’re neat, they’re usually easy to use — if they were a friend, they’d be that one that sticks around after parties to help clean up. You know, the one with no drama while everyone around them is losing their collective er… minds. ...[Read More]

PDP Afterglow Lvl 3 gaming headset (PS4) – Something for (almost) nothing

There are a few things that you cannot do without when gaming online — a decent internet connection, somewhere comfy to sit and a headset that you can use for hours on end without discomfort. The first one of these is non-negotiable, unless you’re okay with the sort of ping that sees opponents teleporting like Dragon Ball Z combatants after three weeks of powering up. Most homes have a...[Read More]

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