Category Archives: Video Games

Video Games Review: Nioh carves out its own identity with interesting mechanics (PlayStation 4, 2017)

It’s almost impossible for Nioh to dodge comparisons to the Dark Souls franchise. From Software’s monstrously brutal action RPGs have become touchstones for hardcore gaming in the 21st century but, as Team Ninja prove with their latest title, there’s more than enough room for improvement. Instead of coming across as a desperate imitation, Nioh draws it’s strength from being inspired by and in some ways surpassing the Dark Souls franchise, giving us a title that evokes nostalgia for those games but also stands on its own as a worthy addition to Sony’s fantastic roster of exclusives coming out in 2017. Continue reading Video Games Review: Nioh carves out its own identity with interesting mechanics (PlayStation 4, 2017)

EB Expo 2017 heads home to the Gold Coast

After beginning life on the Gold Coast in Queensland’s Great South East, the EB Expo gaming convention has made its home in Sydney for the last few years. It was an important growth period for the con, and with its draw now larger than ever, one of Australia’s two largest consumer show-and-tells is heading home. Continue reading EB Expo 2017 heads home to the Gold Coast

Video Games Review: Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, 2017)

Real-time strategy has all but disappeared from the gaming lexicon in the last twenty years. From its heyday in the 1990’s with Command & ConquerStarCraft and Total Annihilation, the genre seemingly peaked with Blizzard’s Warcraft 3 in 2002. From there, it entered an evolutionary phase, emerging in the early 2010’s as the all-powerful genre known as the MOBA. Halo Wars 2 feels as though its trapped between several schools of thought, attempting to provide a console-friendly take on the aging RTS genre while also working hard to include recognisable handholds for MOBA enthusiasts. Continue reading Video Games Review: Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, 2017)

Video Games Preview: Little Nightmares is filled with deliciously dark Tim Burton vibes

Tarsier Studios’ deliciously dark puzzle-platformer Little Nightmares will finally be available for the public at the end of April this year. Having been named “Best Indie” at last year’s Gamescon, the title from the same team who co-developed Tearaway Unfolded with Media Molecule looks to riff further into the adorable world of inventive art focused platformers like LittleBigPlanet (a series they were also involved in). Although this one has a much darker, sinister atmosphere that should slot in perfectly into a world dominated by the survival-horror genre. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Little Nightmares is filled with deliciously dark Tim Burton vibes

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

Pokemon Go evolves at last: Gen 2 monsters and new game mechanics coming this week

After much begging and cursing Niantic have finally given us their biggest announcement since the mega successful Pokemon Go app debuted in July of last year. That announcement is Generation 2, and we’re talking an actual Gen 2 release, not a bunch of baby Pokemon you can only hatch from eggs. Sometime over the next week the now iconic smartphone game will release around 80 new Pokemon from the Gold and Silver installments of the beloved Nintendo franchise, along with a few new game mechanics that sound like they’ll be significant enough to reverse the dwindling interest in the app. Continue reading Pokemon Go evolves at last: Gen 2 monsters and new game mechanics coming this week

Video Games Review: Sniper Elite 4 is meatier and more intense than ever before

Sure, punching Nazis may be fun, but have you have ever eviscerated one with a single bullet, flung from the dangerous end of a powerful sniper rifle by a shot taken from almost 300m away? How about shooting one in the skull with a bullet that travels so fast that it rips past a young Nazi soldier’s right eyeball, bursting it immediately while bone fragments rain down onto the cold hard ground. You haven’t, and you probably shouldn’t (IRL), but when it comes to Sniper Elite 4 the very act of doing so is a glorious fist-pumping moment full of enough drama and thrill that it’s a distinctive pleasure amongst the 50 or so other kills you’ve taken during the same mission.... Continue Reading

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

South Park: The Fractured But Whole suffers another delay

Forthcoming Ubisoft RPG South Park: The Fractured But Whole has suffered a second release delay. Ubisoft have announced overnight that the game, based on the long-running Comedy Central animated series, will now launch during the company’s upcoming financial year. Continue reading South Park: The Fractured But Whole suffers another delay