Category Archives: Reviews

Games Review: Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are sweet swan songs for the handheld franchise

Fans of the long-running Pokemon RPG series should already know what to expect when the franchise rolls into out a new generation. It all starts with an initial pair of handheld titles – in this case Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon – which is then followed up a year-or-so later with what is essentially a remix, either amalgamated into one additional title or two brand new titles. For Generation VII, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are those remixes, carrying on the established tradition of this unstoppable RPG series and refined, reassessed and finessed in a way that, on any other console, would be offered as DLC. Continue reading Games Review: Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are sweet swan songs for the handheld franchise

Games Review: L.A. Noire (Xbox One X, Switch, 2017): Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke

Rather than run two entirely separate reviews for L.A. Noire‘s brand new, remastered edition, we thought we’d combine them into a single piece and discuss the merits of each version in turn. The two we’ve chosen to review are the Nintendo Switch version of the game, and the Xbox One X Enhanced version. Continue reading Games Review: L.A. Noire (Xbox One X, Switch, 2017): Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke

Games Review: .hack//G.U. The Last Recode (PS4, 2017): System Upgrade Complete

Before I begin my review, I’d like to discuss a bit of my history with the .hack franchise. When I first discovered manga, the first volume that I ever read was .hack//G.U.+, an adaptation of the original .hack//G.U. video game trilogy. As a young and impressionable child, the series blew my mind, and when I first found out that the series was based on a set of video games, I was ecstatic. Continue reading Games Review: .hack//G.U. The Last Recode (PS4, 2017): System Upgrade Complete

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

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

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