All posts by Leah Williams

New teaser trailer and poster unveiled for upcoming Sci-Fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A new teaser trailer and accompanying poster has been revealed for upcoming sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson. The film is based on the popular French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, and takes place in the distant 28th century, where Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) work to maintain order throughout the human territories.... Continue Reading

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

In our last two installments, we explored a slew of major franchises with promising games abandoned before they ever saw the light of day. From the enigmatic ambition of Peter Molyneux’s Fable franchise, to the never realised depths of the Pirates of the Caribbean games, it’s clear that even the most popular franchise often suffer huge losses. This time, we’re focusing in on something a little bit different. In the wake of successful 3D platformers like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon on the Playstation, and Super Mario 64 and Conker’s Bad Fur Day on the Nintendo 64, developers of the early 2000’s began to focus on crafting bright, colourful platformers featuring a wide array of cute characters. Some franchises had more success than others, but throughout this period, there were several 3D platform games with great ideas and a lot of heart, but not enough to keep them from the chopping block. What follows is a collection of our favourites, each with their own unique appeal. Continue reading Gone Before Their Time: The Video Games That Never Made It – Part III

Full program revealed for 20th Annual Spanish Film Festival, including closing film The Trip to Spain

The Spanish Film Festival has just revealed the stellar line-up for its 20th anniversary, with a star-studded line-up of films featuring performances from Penélope Cruz, Steve Coogan, Maribel Verdú and Rob Brydon in a new installment of The Trip, alongside a whole plethora of brilliant Spanish films. The centrepiece film this year will be Berlinale award-winning film, Summer 1993 from Catalan director Carla Simón, which tells the moving tale of a six-year-old orphan girl. The Spanish Film Festival screens exclusively at Palace Cinemas around Australia and will showcase 39 films across three weeks, each of which explores the beauty of Spanish culture.... Continue Reading

PlayStation Store Celebrating A Decade of Downloads With Anniversary Sale

Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia is today celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Playstation Store and a full decade of downloads with great sales across a wide range of titles. To mark the momentous occasion, players can enjoy the ‘Only on Playstation’ sale, now live on the PS Store until April 5th. On sale are a host of great Playstation exclusive titles including the best blockbusters of the modern era. Continue reading PlayStation Store Celebrating A Decade of Downloads With Anniversary Sale

Microtransactions: What Are They Good For?

Growing up playing video games, there was never any need to pay more after an initial purchase. You’d walk down to your local Toys”R”Us, pick up your brand new copy of Digimon World 3, plonk it in the disc drive of your scratched up PlayStation and you’d be off. If there was an issue with the game, bad luck – there was no 20GB day one patch to fix the problem, you just dealt with it, and once the game was done, the adventure was over. There was no DLC to continue the story, no new characters to be added at a later date, and certainly no micro-transactions for palette swapped costumes. The days of secrets and unlockables in video games seems to have passed, replaced by a system of easily found extras – you just have to be willing to pay for it first. But are microtransactions really all that bad? Continue reading Microtransactions: What Are They Good For?

Microsoft Store, Sydney Announces Launch of Xbox Academy for Students

The team at Microsoft Store, Sydney have today announced an exciting new opportunity for Australian students with a passion for gaming and graphics. Xbox Academy will be a videogame-fueled educational establishment opening its doors in April to a multi-talented student cohort of designers and developers. In partnership with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Australia’s most prolific educator for game development, 3D animation and visual effects, the Xbox Academy will bring in a range of highly-trained tutors to mentor budding games developers. Many AIE graduates have gone on to work for top game studios around the world, and through their three-hour hands-on workshops, Xbox Academy aims to train and mentor the games developers of the future. Continue reading Microsoft Store, Sydney Announces Launch of Xbox Academy for Students

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

Games projects are abandoned for a variety of reasons, from financial loss and over-ambition, to corporate meddling, and sometimes, it’s a little something in between. Loving video games is hard sometimes, but seeing our most anticipated titles cancelled without warning is harder. Last time, we took you through some of the most disappointing cancellations in recent memory, from the recently surfaced rumours of a third MediEvil game, to the wasted potential of the Darkwatch franchise. This time, we’re continuing the trend, lamenting the loss of another brilliant five games that could have been huge. Continue reading Gone Before Their Time: The Video Games That Never Made It – Part II

Lock ‘n Load, Little Lizard: Why Gex Deserves To Make His Grand Return

In the pecking order of classic 3D platformers, the Gex series often ranks quite low. It’s not considered to be as fun or nostalgic as Spyro the Dragon or Crash Bandicoot, and it’s often overlooked in discussions about reboots and remasters. With Crash Bandicoot finally receiving an HD remaster in the form of the upcoming N. Sane Trilogy, chatter about what other games deserve the same treatment is at an all-time high. I’m here to make the case that not only is Gex just as good as its fellow platformers, but it’s more relevant and more deserving of a return than some of its peers. Continue reading Lock ‘n Load, Little Lizard: Why Gex Deserves To Make His Grand Return

Gorgeous Locales and Combat Options Revealed For Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has been a bit of an enigma since it was first announced. Unveiled late last year, the game looked to be an exciting and refreshing change for the franchise as the initial teaser revealed a deep, gorgeous adventure featuring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. Continue reading Gorgeous Locales and Combat Options Revealed For Uncharted: The Lost Legacy