Category Archives: Video Games

Sony are taking over a private residence in Sydney this week for PS4-centric Playfest 2017

The Sony Playstation team are hiring out a private residence (a safe bet is that it’s a sprawling mansion-like house) in Sydney this week for the return of Playfest. Basically it’s an opportunity to get your couch potato on a house full of enthusiastic gamers for one night only with themed immersive rooms and a plethora of systems with games old, new, and forthcoming. How forthcoming you say? Well, Far Cry 5 is just one title on the line-up.... Continue Reading

Games Review: DOOM (Switch, 2017): Non-stop demon destruction, now in your pocket

God, DOOM is good. It’s so good. It was good when we reviewed it on PS4 last year and it remains good now, almost 18 months later, as it debuts on the Nintendo Switch. One of the biggest questions gamers had for the Switch at launch was whether it could support portable versions of major AAA releases. If DOOM is anything to go by, the answer is an emphatic yes. Continue reading Games Review: DOOM (Switch, 2017): Non-stop demon destruction, now in your pocket

EA dumps Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions hours ahead of launch

I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if a million voices cried out in anger and were suddenly victorious. With only a few hours remaining before it officially launches in the US, EA have announced that Star Wars Battlefront II will no longer offer paid microtransactions. Continue reading EA dumps Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions hours ahead of launch

Games Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch, 2017): Return of the King

Reliving the opening moments of Skyrim always feels a lot like going home. The music, atmosphere and landscapes always bring me right back to my first moments with the game, when I first discovered how monumental and incredible the game truly was. It feels strange, then, to be reviewing it in 2017, six years after it first released. Continue reading Games Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch, 2017): Return of the King

Games Review: Ashes Cricket (PS4, 2017): Big Ant rack up an impressive strike rate

I know, I know, it’s a review of a cricket game. Those of you that don’t care about cricket have already regarded the headline of this piece with a disgusted look. Those of you that do like cricket are already wary. Video game representations of sports Australians like aren’t reliably … good. At all. But here’s the thing — Ashes Cricket actually is good. The pitch is occasionally a bit bumpy, but it doesn’t stop Big Ant’s confident leg spin from finding the stumps. Continue reading Games Review: Ashes Cricket (PS4, 2017): Big Ant rack up an impressive strike rate

Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox One X, 2017): Tempted, but not quite giving in to the Dark Side

Star Wars Battlefront II, a game mired in launch window controversy. Is it as terrible as the screaming denizens of the internet would have you believe or is it all being blown out of proportion? For our Battlefront II review, we thought we’d split it into two discrete components — the single player campaign, reviewed by our own David Hunter and the multiplayer, reviewed by our games editor David Smith. Continue reading Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox One X, 2017): Tempted, but not quite giving in to the Dark Side

Opinion: Is it time to raise the price of video games?

In the past few weeks, complaints against microtransactions in AAA games have reached a crescendo, with anger directed towards EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, Monolith’s Middle-earth: Shadow of War and more recently, Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII for their inclusion of paid loot boxes. Continue reading Opinion: Is it time to raise the price of video games?

Games Review: Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One X, 2017): Grind before fun

If I can communicate anything to you about Need for Speed Payback, it’s this: when the game first asks you to pick a car, choose wisely. Choose wisely, because you’re going to have that car for a really, really long time. Continue reading Games Review: Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One X, 2017): Grind before fun

Games Review: Sonic Forces (Xbox One X, 2017): Fan service meets bad design

Hello there, fellow Sonic fan. Remember that period of unalloyed joy during the launch of Sonic Mania this year? The feeling of burgeoning hope that, after 20 years of Sega openly ignoring what made their mascot great, the ol’ blue blur might finally be back on track? Well, forget all that because Sonic Forces is here to make you despair for the franchise once again. Continue reading Games Review: Sonic Forces (Xbox One X, 2017): Fan service meets bad design

Pokemon GO dev Niantic’s next mobile title will be Harry Potter themed

Warner Bros Interactive Entetainment and Niantic have finally, officially, spilled the beans on their Harry Potter mobile collaboration. A boat that had become particularly leaky in the last few days, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will turn players into real world wizards and witches in much the same way Niantic’s megahit Pokemon GO turned players into IRL Pokemon trainers. Continue reading Pokemon GO dev Niantic’s next mobile title will be Harry Potter themed