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God of War – Kratos and Son: Monster Slayers

When last we saw Kratos he was… running around the Hecatonchires in God of War: Ascension. Chronologically, though, we saw him finally exact his vengeance on his father Zeus at the close of God of War III. It’s been long enough that the Greek pantheon has faded into myth and the Norse gods have risen. Kratos, one-time God of War, is living a simple life in Midgard. He has a family. Or ...[Read More]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) – The best kind of monkey business

The Wii U wasn’t Nintendo’s greatest moment — that has been conferred on the Switch. But the ill-fated previous console had some mighty impressive games in its limited library, and many of those have been ported over to the Switch. The latest is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a tough-as-nails platformer in the vein of the equally tough SNES original. If you’re used t...[Read More]

Sony Xperia L2 – If wide-angle selfies are your thing…

Something that we don’t see all that often from Sony, or other smartphone makers, are handsets that are a little lower down on the specifications ladder. Stuff often has its hands on the best of the best but rarely gets to play with the rest. Which is a terrible shame, because there are some lovely phones out there that don’t require the sale of a major internal organ in order to take ...[Read More]

Mint Connect Pearl Neo – This is what an R800 phone looks like

The Mint Connect Pearl Neo is one of the cheapest Android 7 smartphones that you’ll find on the South African market today. It clocks in at just R800, is available from Pep Stores, and has… pretty much all the bits attached. Usually when a phone is sub-R1,000 something is missing. Maybe there’s no front camera, perhaps it’s not running Android (at all), or something else ha...[Read More]

Hisense Infinity F24 – This is just a tribute…

The folks are Stuff are a spoiled lot. We handle more handsets than an octopus with a severe case of FOMO and a truck full of fish-flavoured iPhones. As such, we get to see what the best devices in each company’s stable are capable of. Eventually, all that high-end hardware does result in a craving for something a little less… overpowered, though. Not everyone can use an iPhone X or a ...[Read More]

Far Cry 5 – Seeding the familiar with a little strange

You know how it goes: You live out in the country, enjoying the quiet life, when suddenly along come a bunch of new folks with their fancy rules and religious practises. The next thing you know all of the spare farmland has been bought up, people are being abducted and brainwashed and they’re getting the locals hooked on weird mind-altering substances. No, it’s not Scientology. Or hipp...[Read More]

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra – A big-screen contender in the mid-range war

If you’re after a Sony smartphone, and we mean really after one, then you are probably going to be waiting on the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact devices that were announced at this year’s MWC. We get it — some users are keen on Sony’s premium lineup and nothing else. That said, there is still some benefit to looking a little down the tier to devices like the new Sony Xperia XA2...[Read More]

CliffCentral unWired wireless earphones – Affordable buds for your lugholes

At the Stuff offices we’re accustomed to receiving loads of tech from around the world but almost nothing that is primarily South African. Even Vodacom’s series of smartphones are designed and released as Vodafone devices in the UK before getting here. So getting a pair of’s unWired earphones was a bit of a strange experience. Gareth Cliff on the box, CliffCentra...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy S9: A stunning update that’s going to be hard to beat

A lot of ink, digital and the other kind, has already been spilled on the new Galaxy S9 smartphone from Samsung. A lot more is going to be splashed around over the rest of the year as Samsung’s newest is used as the benchmark for every other smartphone released in 2018. Nobody’s going to be left out, even Apple’s newest creations will be measured against the S9. Which could be fi...[Read More]

Garmin Forerunner 30 – Garmin’s cheapest Forerunner is a solid budget motivator for road runners

The Garmin Forerunner 30 is a watch for the run curious, you know, those folk who’ve made fitness one of their New Year goals but don’t want to spend a fortune on something they fear could wind up gathering dust. Don’t get us wrong, that’s not a criticism of this Forerunner or those who buy it. Any decision to start working out — in whatever way and at any point in th...[Read More]

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – This ‘fighter finally feels like the complete package

The long-awaited fifth iteration of Capcom’s definitive fighting game series should have been a first round knockout. Instead, Street Fighter V started strong, then quickly gassed out. Where was arcade mode? What was there for single player fans that didn’t appreciate getting thrashed every time they stepped out online? It might have taken two years, but Arcade Edition finally delivers everything ...[Read More]

Worms W.M.D (Switch) – Holy Hand Grenades at the ready

Worms is one of those bizarre game ideas that could only have come from the 16-bit era: A 2D, turn-based detonate-em-up pitting two teams of armed-to-the-teeth annelids against each other. A whopping 20 sequels later, pinball and golf-themed spinoffs not included, you’d think the formula had gone stale. Or you would if you’ve never unleashed a banana bomb (made of actual bananas) on some hapless w...[Read More]

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