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Scott Ludlam and The Greens unveil plan to restore the Australian video games industry, and it starts in WA

Western Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam has unveiled a new plan to boost the Australian video games industry overnight. The plan seeks to reinstate the Australian Interactive Games Fund, but also looks to turn the Western Australian capital Perth into the new hub of Australian games development Continue reading Scott Ludlam and The Greens unveil plan to restore the Australian video games industry, and it starts in WA

These are all the games available on the Nintendo Switch eShop right now

For those who picked up  Nintendo Switch yesterday, there was one must-have software purchase — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But what about those looking to try something other than Zelda? We know there’s one or two of you, and we want you to know that we hear you. With that in mind, here’s everything else that you can play on your Switch as of right now. Continue reading These are all the games available on the Nintendo Switch eShop right now

Video Games Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn distills the best parts of its many influences to create something truly amazing

During my first six hours with Horizon: Zero Dawn a phrase appeared in my head and got lodged there, as phrases like to do when you write for a living. The phrase in question was “This is once-in-a-hardware-generation stuff.” It stuck with me as my playthrough progressed, and it wasn’t until I’d been away from the game for a few hours that I started to wonder if that was true at all. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a  beautiful pastiche of some of this hardware generation’s best titles. It casually lifts its favourite things from other, equally great games — be it mechanics, design or even art style — and throws them into a blender. Far from being lazy or trite, it works hard to either equal or improve upon everything it borrows — and the result is a new high water mark in the open world action-adventure genre. Continue reading Video Games Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn distills the best parts of its many influences to create something truly amazing

Nintendo Switch: What we’d like to see

Like its predecessors, the Nintendo Switch is a console with an awful lot of potential. Its portable screen and multi-format controllers mean that the door to any number of innovative new game and app design ideas has been flung wide open. Here now, in no particular order, are a ways the Nintendo Switch could innovate in ways no home console ever has before. Continue reading Nintendo Switch: What we’d like to see

Warner Bros. announces Middle-earth: Shadow of War following Target Canada leaks

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the direct sequel to the 2014 sleeper hit Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, will release on August 22 on all major platforms. The announcement comes a day after images of the game leaked via a pre-order listing on Target Canada’s website yesterday. Continue reading Warner Bros. announces Middle-earth: Shadow of War following Target Canada leaks

Target Canada may have accidentally revealed a Shadow of Mordor sequel

2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of that year’s biggest gaming surprises. A glorious combination of Batman: Arkham City‘s combat and the upgrade tree of a Saints Row title, along with one of the most innovative systems for handling enemy AI to come along in years, it was practically screaming for a sequel. Bar a few unsubstantiated rumours, all’s been quiet on the sequel front — until last night. Continue reading Target Canada may have accidentally revealed a Shadow of Mordor sequel

Overwatch wins Game of the Year at DICE Awards

Blizzard’s all-conquering team-based shooter Overwatch has taken home the Game of the Year gong during the DICE Awards 2017. The shooter tied with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, winning a total of four awards over the course of the night. HIt the jump to check out the full list of award recipients. Continue reading Overwatch wins Game of the Year at DICE Awards