Category Archives: Previews

Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor

Last month I had the chance to spend a couple of hours with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a game which literally picks up from where the last game, 2014’s The Stick of Truth, left off. The boys are still playing wizards, and as The New Kid, your quest to impress your classmates continues — all the while being introduced to the game’s new grid-based fighting system (battling a giant cardboard dragon, naturally). Cartman being Cartman, he throws a wrench in your plan, arriving from the “future” to launch a new game for the boys, part of a bid to kickstart a new superhero universe, and save a few cats along the way. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor

Video Games Impressions: Quake Champions (PC, 2016) feels like a welcome home

Quake Champions is id Software’s return to the 90’s multiplayer shooter genre that has traditionally been one of their strongest suits. Now in early access, it is both a throwback to the kind of multiplayer shooter that id invented and a clarion call to everyone else with a game in this suddenly resurgent genre — there’ll be no more of this cartoony shit. Daddy’s home and in this house, gibs are how we show affection. Continue reading Video Games Impressions: Quake Champions (PC, 2016) feels like a welcome home

Video Games Hands On: Monster Hunter World (PS4, 2017)

Monster Hunter World is all about sanding down some of the series’ rougher edges. Gone are loading screens between areas, replaced with a single, expansive world (hence the game’s title). Combat remains a visceral experience, perhaps even more so than ever. The crafting retains the depth that makes it so rewarding to spend the time prepping for a big fight.

After only forty five short minutes in its company, I can already feel this game scratching my Witcher itch.

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PSX17SEA: Hands on: Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

Being a massive fan of Quantic Dream’s previous titles like Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain, as soon as I got into the venue, I made a beeline to the booth. The demo on the floor was the same available at E3, where you play as Connor, an android negotiator working with the Detroit PD on site to subdue an android gone berserk and try to save a hostage. Continue reading PSX17SEA: Hands on: Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

PSX17SEA Hands on: Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (PS4)

I’m a massive, massive fan of the Marvel vs Capcom series. It’s almost definitely my most favourite game in the fighting genre. Mostly because I could use Resident Evil’s Albert Wesker to kick major butt (my gamertag is inspired by him). When I heard that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite would be available to play at the event, I got super excited, it’s been six years since Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released. When I heard that the producers of the series were going to present the features of the game, I got even more excited. But the best part of my hands-on experience though? I was one of three people who got to try out the game against ‘promotion producer’ Tomoaki Ayano, and one of the two to win. Continue reading PSX17SEA Hands on: Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (PS4)

Video Games Preview: Uncharted The Lost Legacy looks like another winner for Naughty Dog

What began as a concept for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End DLC evolved into a substantial and important continuation for Naughty Dog’s mega successful cinematic action-adventure franchise, the result of which is Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Not the most exciting or unexpected title for what is essentially a spin-off, but a fairly appropriate one seeing as it works to round-out and focus on a beloved character from the previous games whose backstory would be lost otherwise. That’s quick-witted Chloe Frazer of course, moving away from Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan with a refreshed story that doesn’t at all feel unnecessary or, even worse, like tokenism. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Uncharted The Lost Legacy looks like another winner for Naughty Dog

Video Games Preview: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is way harder than you think it is

A few hours of playing Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle at Ubisoft’s Australian HQ last week made me really glad I sank so many hours into XCOM. Behind its outwardly cute and cartoonish exterior beats the heart of a stone-cold killer. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is way harder than you think it is

First Preview: We take Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus AKA Nazi Killing Simulator 3000 for a test ride

If there’s one thing that 2017 has taught us, it’s that Nazi punching is back in style. Given that’s the case, Wolfenstein II has arrived with most fashionable timing. If you’re like me, and you love a good Nazi maiming, then this is the game for you. Last week, The Iris was given the opportunity to play through two key missions in Wolfenstein II’s main story, which follows American secret agent B.J. Blazkowicz as he attempts to overthrow the Nazi regime that has taken root in America.... Continue Reading