All posts by Leah Williams

Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong

I thought I was prepared for The Evil Within 2. “Psychological horror,” I thought, “I can do that.” The moment that the first nightmare broke through a mirror and attempted to chainsaw me to death, I realised just how wrong I was. The playthrough started with series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos making his way through an abandoned building in search of his missing daughter. Of course, being a horror game, each room was dimly lit, featured some delightfully skin-tingling violins, and I had an unsettling feeling that something wasn’t right. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong

Video Games Review: Pokkén Tournament DX (Switch, 2017) brings the pain

Given that I skipped the Wii U generation of Nintendo consoles (a decision I absolutely do not regret), I managed to miss Pokkén Tournament when it originally released. For those who made a similar decision, it’s time to go back on it – Pokkén Tournament DX is one of the most enjoyable and incredibly addictive fighting games, and is sure to be a smash on Switch. Continue reading Video Games Review: Pokkén Tournament DX (Switch, 2017) brings the pain

WWE Live: Sydney Is A Smashing Good Time

For those who’ve yet to experience WWE Live, it can described in few words – an absolutely smashing time, in more ways than one. Having attended past events, I knew what I was in for when the lovely folks at 2K Games invited me along to enjoy the show in Sydney this past Friday, but that absolutely didn’t stop me from enjoying the spectacle wholeheartedly. In fact, I would posit that this year’s experience was far superior to the last, despite what I perceived to be a lesser card. Gone were the over-the-top slapstick antics of 2016, replaced by solid, fun wrestling matches that had the crowd cheering, screaming and booing all throughout the night. Continue reading WWE Live: Sydney Is A Smashing Good Time

Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, 2017) is a Tale Beautifully Told

It’s been a long time since I’ve been genuinely surprised by a video game but Monster Hunter Stories achieved just that, and then more. From the distinct, beautifully designed world to the fun combat and exploratory gameplay, the Monster Hunter spin-off left me genuinely floored. For those new to the franchise, Stories marks a perfect entry point, with easily accessible lore, a wide, open world to explore, and characters that are relatable, and somewhat miraculously, avoid cliché. Continue reading Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, 2017) is a Tale Beautifully Told

First Preview: We take Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus AKA Nazi Killing Simulator 3000 for a test ride

If there’s one thing that 2017 has taught us, it’s that Nazi punching is back in style. Given that’s the case, Wolfenstein II has arrived with most fashionable timing. If you’re like me, and you love a good Nazi maiming, then this is the game for you. Last week, The Iris was given the opportunity to play through two key missions in Wolfenstein II’s main story, which follows American secret agent B.J. Blazkowicz as he attempts to overthrow the Nazi regime that has taken root in America.... Continue Reading

Ten things we learned from our evening with John Cena

This week, the The Iris had the pleasure of spending a night listening to the brilliantly told stories of WWE superstar, rising actor and rapper, John Cena. From his humble start in life, to the determination of his youth and eventually, his success within the professional wrestling world, Cena recounted tales about his struggle towards success, the opportunities he was given, and the ways he forged his own path. Throughout the evening, we learned a lot about Cena, his childhood, and his greatest influences. Here’s the most interesting things we discovered.... Continue Reading

The Five Best Games of the “Walking Simulator” Genre

When the so-called ‘walking simulator’ genre emerged in modern gaming, it was treated with a certain amount of contempt. Many claimed games within the genre ‘weren’t real games’, and in many cases, completely ignored their vast storytelling potential. Simple mechanics and a lack of interaction have often drawn criticism, but to deny the impact that the genre has, and the emotions that they evoke would be a vast oversight.... Continue Reading