Category Archives: Video Games

Video Games Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS, 2017): Stuck in the Past

I will admit to have very little prior experience with the Fire Emblem franchise, having deliberately avoided the series due to its deep lore and extensive history. Despite this, I largely enjoyed my time with its newest entry, Shadows of Valentia, which presents a simple, but surprisingly accessible story for new fans and long-time players alike. Following childhood friends Alm and Celica as they lead separate armies to war, Shadows of Valentia features a story that feels overwhelming at first, but soon unfolds itself over the course of Alm and Celica’s journeys. The initial prologue created an intriguing, if somewhat well trodden hook, weaving a story about the intertwining destinies of the aforementioned pair as Celica goes into hiding from the Rigelian Empire, and Alm trains to become a soldier under his uncle, Mycen. Continue reading Video Games Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS, 2017): Stuck in the Past

Regurgitator to play a special 20th anniversary concert for Unit at EB Expo 2017

Long-running Australian rock act Regurgitator will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their titanic second studio album Unit with a special concert at this year’s EB Expo on the Gold Coast. Continue reading Regurgitator to play a special 20th anniversary concert for Unit at EB Expo 2017

We went to BAM9 in Melbourne last weekend and it was the absolute best

The profile of competitive eSports only seems to be growing in Australia with the Intel Extreme Masters drawing a massive crowd in Sydney just a few weeks ago and the ESL continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. These events tend to focus on one of two genres — shooters or strategy — but there is a third genre that has been building a following with the rise of streaming services like Twitch, fighters. Continue reading We went to BAM9 in Melbourne last weekend and it was the absolute best

Video Game Review: The Surge (PS4, 2017) will be familiar to Souls fans but has a few tricks of its own

The Surge is a game that we’ve seen before. But despite taking combat elements from games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, in addition to their world-building and narrative tropes, The Surge  finds room to stand on its own, paving the way for an action-RPG experience that is mostly successful. Continue reading Video Game Review: The Surge (PS4, 2017) will be familiar to Souls fans but has a few tricks of its own

Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Those Switch owners wanting the ability to move their Switch unit from room-to-room or screen-to-screen with them won’t have much longer to wait. The Nintendo Switch Dock Set arrives next week. Continue reading Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Video Game Review: NBA Playgrounds (PS4, 2017) promises old school fun, but fails to sink the shot

NBA Playgrounds aims to capture the fun of great games like NBA Jam and NBA Street that came before it. While it looks great, it fails to deliver the gameplay quality that either of the aforementioned classics did. Continue reading Video Game Review: NBA Playgrounds (PS4, 2017) promises old school fun, but fails to sink the shot