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Video Games Review: Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition (Xbox One, 2017), or Zen and the Art of Urban Planning

Gaming history is littered with console ports of PC strategy titles. Sometimes they get close to emulating the PC experience, sometimes they miss the mark by a wide margin. Cities: Skylines is the latest to make the jump to console, thanks to Melbourne heroes Tantalus Media, but is it a success? Continue reading Video Games Review: Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition (Xbox One, 2017), or Zen and the Art of Urban Planning

Video Games Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch, 2017) is the most comprehensive title the series has ever produced

I’d be lying if i said that I don’t approach a Mario Kart review with a certain amount of trepidation. You know what you’re getting into with a Mario Kart title — vehicular barbarism and savagery on parade, draped in the charming trappings of a cartoon. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe does not go out of its way to assuage that trepidation one bit. Continue reading Video Games Review: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch, 2017) is the most comprehensive title the series has ever produced

Video Games Review: Prey: (PS4, 2017) In Space, Nobody Can Hear You

There’s nothing quite like the fear and paranoia that Prey induces the moment you step into a room of the vast Talos I station. The tension I felt while playing Prey was palpable, thanks in no small part to the edge-of-your-seat atmosphere the game builds. Through the combination of a haunting score, brilliant level design and stellar voice-work, Prey hooks you in and keeps you riveted for the duration of the game. The design of the mimics is frankly spectacular, and while alien enemies in games have largely been overdone, Prey goes out of its way to make the Typhon a formidable and unique force. Continue reading Video Games Review: Prey: (PS4, 2017) In Space, Nobody Can Hear You

Video Game Review: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, 2017) is far from a kill shot, but leaves a leaves a mark

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is a mixed bag. There are many things about this title that work, but for every positive there’s a glaring negative that drags the experience down on too many fronts. It uses conventional mechanics and a narrative structure seen in countless other games without really doing anything fresh or new. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is not a bad game, but it seems completely content with being average. In this, it seems like game (if you’ll pardon the pun) shoots itself in the foot — a glaring mistake from a supposed marksman. Continue reading Video Game Review: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, 2017) is far from a kill shot, but leaves a leaves a mark

Video Games Review: What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4, 2017) Is A Haunting and Poignant Tale

What Remains of Edith Finch is the beautifully told story of titular protagonist Edith Finch as she explores her family’s mysterious history, and her connection to the family’s curse. While many might be quick to dismiss the game as ‘just another walking simulator’, what Edith Finch brings to the table is an entirely new and artfully told story that draws you in from the opening scene, and refuses to let you go. I found myself thinking about the stories and the characters of Edith Finch for long after the tale was over, as travelling through the Finches stories was a deeply affecting experience. At its core, Edith Finch is moving, wonderfully poignant tale about life, death, and everything along the way. Continue reading Video Games Review: What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4, 2017) Is A Haunting and Poignant Tale

Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III seems to want to be all things to all people. Did you miss the base building from DoW2? Good news, bases are back. Heroic units? Large-scale armies? All present and accounted for. It wants to be all things to all people (specifically fans of the DoW series and tabletop game), and it damned near pulls it off.  Continue reading Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Above the Law (PS4, 2017)

Above the Law goes to great lengths to answer a litany of questions we’ve all been harbouring since episode 1. In that sense, it displays perfect pacing and timing, drawing out mysteries and cashing in on them at the right time. However, the third episode puts into perspective just how out of control you can be in Telltale’s niche brand of games.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for

We live in the era of Nostalgia As A Marketing Tool. The repackaging of childhood memories, sold back to millennial audiences for a profit, has become the go-to move for film and video game studios looking to make a fast buck. Sometimes these experiments in nostalgia work out. Sometimes they are a hard lesson in learning when to leave the past behind.

Yooka-Laylee, sadly, falls into the latter category. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for

Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New

In a lot of ways for me, revisiting the Kingdom Hearts franchise is a lot like coming home. The original game was one of my first Playstation 2 titles, and one that’s stuck with me for a long time. From the deep, immersive lore of the series to the unrelenting positivity and charm, Kingdom Hearts has long remained a favourite of mine. Continue reading Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New