All posts by Leah Williams

Video Games Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, 2017) is quiet in its brilliance

Despite being a spin-off of popular RPG Of Orcs and Men, the Styx franchise has largely flown under the radar in the stealth genre. The first game, Master of Shadows, was a digital-only release, but with its newest entry, it’s finally time for the series to get the attention it deserves. Simply put, Styx: Shards of Darkness is a game that oozes personality. From the brilliantly designed and uniquely varied levels, to Styx himself, the game brims with a confidence that makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Travelling through the dark slums of Thoben, to the brilliant elf city of Körangar, Shards of Darkness weaves a compelling tale filled with political tensions, magic sceptres and one particularly crude talking goblin. Continue reading Video Games Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, 2017) is quiet in its brilliance

Gone Before Their Time: The Video Games That Never Made It – Part I

We’ve all felt it before – that crushing disappointment when a gaming project we looked forward to is silently cancelled and abandoned. Most recently, this disappointment was felt with the cancellation of Scalebound, an ambitious and absolutely gorgeous-looking RPG, but video games have a long history of crushing cancellations.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Death Squared (PS4, 2017) makes death a learning experience

Over the course of the first 50 levels of Death Squared, I accidentally sent my loyal robot companions to their deaths over 260 times. But each time, I learned something new, and was able to press on to new and greater heights in the game. The further I delved into the game, the more I was absorbed by its confidence and personality. In Death Squared, not only is death a learning experience, it’s also fun, and filled with explosions. Continue reading Video Games Review: Death Squared (PS4, 2017) makes death a learning experience

Video Games Review: Dragon Ball Fusions (Nintendo 3DS, 2017)

As a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise, its newest handheld entry, Dragon Ball Fusions, was an absolute delight. Blending the colourful characters of Akira Toriyama’s ever-expanding series with surprisingly addictive turn-based gameplay, Fusions provides an entertaining and gorgeous-looking romp through the many worlds and environments of the Dragon Ball series. While it may not break new ground within the JPRG genre, the game is a satisfying journey with a simple, but effective story, and provides many hours of enjoyable gameplay. Continue reading Video Games Review: Dragon Ball Fusions (Nintendo 3DS, 2017)

Video Games Preview: Space Politics and Alien Sex Make A Grand Return In Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be one hell of a game. From the moment I was introduced to the space-bound crew of the Ark Hyperion, hurtling as we were to realms unknown, I knew I was in this for the long haul. I will admit to having little prior experience with the Mass Effect franchise, but the strong opening had me hooked from the start. As a member of the Ark crew, you find yourself cryogenically frozen, and travelling towards a distant planet 600 years away in the hopes of finding habitable land upon which to build your new colony. You, and those you journey with, have a one-way ticket, and there’s no turning back. Of course, once you awaken, everything goes wrong, and it’s here that Scott or Sara Ryder’s true mission starts. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Space Politics and Alien Sex Make A Grand Return In Mass Effect: Andromeda

Hands-On With Prey: Our First Impressions

From the moment you step foot into the life of Morgan Yu, you enter a world both new and familiar. Prey draws easy and obvious parallels to Arkane Studios’ award-winning Dishonored series, but with its brilliantly unsettling atmosphere and mind-bending opening level, it presents something unique and altogether exciting. Continue reading Hands-On With Prey: Our First Impressions

Keys to the Kingdom: What You Need To Know For Kingdom Hearts 2.8 And Beyond

When I first played Kingdom Hearts, it was an unforgettable experience. I loved the world and all of its characters, both new and familiar, and the story was so deep and intricate that I found myself absorbed. At the time, Kingdom Hearts was a stand-alone game, but in the years since, its world has grown, with multiple sequels, prequels and spin-offs joining the franchise, each with their own unique stories and characters. Continue reading Keys to the Kingdom: What You Need To Know For Kingdom Hearts 2.8 And Beyond

The Hidden Gems of the PlayStation 2 Era

As the successor to the original PlayStation, and the awkward stepping block to the technically superior PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 2 is often largely dismissed by the modern era of gamers. Lacking the classic nostalgia of the original console, and the refined graphical capabilities and endurance of the PlayStation 3, the games of this era have largely been forgotten, with a few quality exceptions. While mainstream games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas have stood the test of time, along with classics such as Kingdom Hearts and Devil May Cry, all of which have received remasters or classic ports over to the PlayStation 3 and 4, there are many hidden gems of the PlayStation 2 era that have largely been forgotten. Continue reading The Hidden Gems of the PlayStation 2 Era

Tech Interview: Brian Solis talks about his hew book X: The Experience When Business Meets Design and the Digital Future

Brian Solis is a digital analyst who studies disruptive technology and its impact on business at the Altimeter Group and is the author of a new book called X: The Experience When Business Meets Design. He was in Australia this week to speak at the Australian Digital Summit – presented by Telstra – and Larry Heath caught up with him to talk about the book and our digital future… ... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival 2016 Submissions Now Open

Entries for the Sydney Film Festival’s 63rd annual show are now open. The festival will take place from 8th – 16th June in 2016, and will feature a range of features, documentaries and short films under 40 minutes. In 2015, over 250 films were screened to an audience of 176,000. All submissions are being accepted from FilmLifeFestival, and entries will close on February 26th, 2016.... Continue Reading