Crystal Dynamics breathed new life into the aging Tomb Raider series with their acclaimed 2013 self-titled reboot. Its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, sees a hardier, more prepared Lara Croft venturing into Siberia to find an artefact said to hold the key to immortality. But does Rise of the Tomb Raider, like it’s heroine, return stronger and wiser from experience?
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The Need for Speed franchise has been a lot of things to a lot of different audiences over the years. But with such a large back catalogue comes bloat and mis-steps as the well of new ideas goes dry. With the back-to-basics reboot Need for Speed, the series is given the chance to head in some much-needed new directions. Sadly, even with a completely clean slate, Need for Speed still doesn’t seem to know which direction to head in first. Continue reading Video Games Review: Need for Speed (PS4, 2015)
With many fans of the series still wary after last year’s disastrous Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubisoft are aware that they need to stick the landing with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The good news is that Syndicate, though it has problems of its own, is never weighed down by them and constitutes a welcome return to form. Continue reading Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, 2015)
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the JRPG Tales series, developers Bandai Namco Studios and tri-Crescendo have returned to their bread and butter for the 15th iteration in the series, Tales From Zestiria. Where 2011 and 2012s Tales of Xillia games attempted a one off trip into a modern setting, Zestiria draws the gap on any disparateness by presenting a thematically similar game to many of its predecessors.... Continue Reading
If you’ve played one Just Dance title, you’ve kind of played them all. That’s the vibe I got from Just Dance 2016, despite its many attempts to keep the formula fresh with new modes and a suite of new songs. For the faithful, that may be enough. For everyone else, it may be a different story. Continue reading Video Games Review: Just Dance 2016 (Xbox One, 2015)
There’s been a resurgence in games that trade in the nostalgia surrounding the 8-bit NES-era in the last few years. Where many of the games that seek to capitalise in the look and feel of those games, they rarely capture what really made them special. Shovel Knight isn’t one of those games. Shovel Knight doesn’t just look like a NES game, it plays like a NES game and that’s what makes it so amazing. Continue reading Video Games Review: Shovel Knight (PS4, 2015)
Halo 5: Guardians feels like it has more crosses to bear than is entirely reasonable. 343 Industries still have a lot to prove to fans of the series – Halo 4 was a critical darling but its online player base vanished almost overnight and it can’t be denied that the multiplayer component in last year’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection was a complete fiasco. Can 343 come back from such a devastating blow and restore confidence in the series they inherited from Bungie? Continue reading Video Games Review: Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One, 2015)
After almost 200 hours, I thought I was well and truly done with The Witcher 3. It’s first major expansion, Hearts of Stone, proved that it was Geralt who wasn’t finished with me. Continue reading Video Games Review: The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone (PS4, 2015)
With Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 hitting Australian store shelves within a week of each other, the music and rhythm genre that dominated lounge rooms everywhere only five years ago is officially back from hiatus. With Guitar Hero Live, developer FreeStyle Games is attempting to bring something new to the table. The question is: will rhythm game fans find all this newness to their liking? Continue reading Video Games Review: Guitar Hero Live (Xbox One, 2015)
Dragon Ball Z’s place in pop culture in unquestionably prevalent. Its ability to crossover and interject itself into a range of mediums has been the reason for its longevity. It’s no surprise then then that its transition to video games is not only academic but highly welcome for a demographic that wants just that little bit more of their favourite anime.
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