Category Archives: Reviews

Getting an Xbox One X? Don’t have NBN? It’s important to know what you’re signing up for

As of this writing I have had our Xbox One X review unit in my home for eight days. The console, along with a generous care package of games including console exclusives, new releases and a few November headliners, arrived the Thursday afternoon before PAX Aus. I’ve been able to play three of these games so far — Super Lucky’s Tale, Disneyland Adventures and Zoo Tycoon. Why? Because over the course of those eight days, our Xbox One X has been locked in a digital war of attrition against my humble ADSL2 connection. Continue reading Getting an Xbox One X? Don’t have NBN? It’s important to know what you’re signing up for

Games Review: Rugby 18 (PS4, 2017) doesn’t seem to understand how rugby works

If you, or someone you know, could be considered a fan of rugby then there might come a point in your life where playing Rugby 18 seems like a good idea. I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that won’t be true. That way lies disappointment and regret because in Rugby 18, developer Eko Software have created a digital representation of a popular sport so fundamentally broken that it makes WWE 2K18 look polished. Continue reading Games Review: Rugby 18 (PS4, 2017) doesn’t seem to understand how rugby works

Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Xbox One, 2017): Complexity and nuance with a hint of dead Nazi

Oh boy, where does one start with an experience like the one Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offers? The second game in a week to prove that the single-player experience as we know it is still very much alive and well, Wolfenstein II is the kind of shooter we haven’t had in a while — one with a lot on its mind and a willingness, some might say a fevered desire, to push its audience’s buttons. Continue reading Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Xbox One, 2017): Complexity and nuance with a hint of dead Nazi

Games Review: Life is Strange: Before The Storm Ep 2: A Brave New World (PS4, 2017)

Here we are again, the second chapter in the increasingly amazing  Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Episode 2: A Brave New World opens not long after Rachel Amber decided it would be cool to start a fire in the local forest of Arcadia after losing her shit. As the huge storm slowly approached Arcadia in the original Life is Strange, this fire seems to be using the same approach, lending a looming and mysterious threat to the proceedings. Sure, it was an accident caused by the raw emotion of a teenager losing her grip on everything she held dear, but damn, what a way to end that first episode. Where to from there? Continue reading Games Review: Life is Strange: Before The Storm Ep 2: A Brave New World (PS4, 2017)

Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

Often to their detriment, Nintendo are big fans of the remaster, pulling games from the past and updating them for a new generation seemingly to fill a release schedule plagued by a lack of strong, ongoing third-party relationships. I don’t buy into it half the time, but things are a bit different with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a clever 2-in-1 game that works to change dynamics for the original 2003 title, which was just Superstar Saga – the game that kicked off the award-winning (and very deserving) Mario & Luigi RPG series. Continue reading Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

Games Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2017): The good and pure game we need right now

Super Mario Odyssey is the good and pure video game that this awful world needs right now. It is the kind of game that gives you hope for the form. It reminds you that AAA games can still be more than pretty window dressing for a microtransaction storefront. That they can actually still be fun. It’s a reminder of one the gaming industry’s longest-held tenets — that few do it better than Nintendo. Continue reading Games Review: Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2017): The good and pure game we need right now

Games Review [PROVISIONAL]: Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, 2017): Something borrowed, something new

Assassin’s Creed Origins is a greatest hits of modern action-adventure game design. In seeking to update the series’ ageing core mechanics and design, Origins looks to its genre stablemates to see what they’re doing and where it can’t subtly imitate them, it copies them brazenly instead. What surprised me the most about this smash-and-grab design philosophy is how cohesive the end result is. Continue reading Games Review [PROVISIONAL]: Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, 2017): Something borrowed, something new

Games Review: The Evil Within 2 (PS4, 2017): Great survival horror that fights through its flaws

The Evil Within 2 is an interesting sequel of sorts. If falls into a weird mix of fun, frustrating, wonderfully weird and scary all at the same time. While it’s not a bad game by any means, but for every positive, there’s a negative. Presenting players with a sequel that attempts to carry on an already ridiculous plot, you would think there’s no reason to come back to this franchise. But you would be surprised, as I found it managed to keep me coming back for more. Continue reading Games Review: The Evil Within 2 (PS4, 2017): Great survival horror that fights through its flaws

Games Review: Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, 2017): A great racing sim, but fails to take first place

Gran Turismo Sport is one of the most interesting racing titles I’ve played in years. This is for many different reasons, some good, and some surprisingly bad. While it has its rough edges, rest assured this is most definitely a great game with a ton of things to love — but dated and bland ideas rear their ugly heads at such inappropriate times, it’s kind of astounding. Continue reading Games Review: Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, 2017): A great racing sim, but fails to take first place

Games Review: Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch, 2017): A great idea in theory

Fire Emblem Warriors attempts to mash up the long-running series of turn-based tactical RPGs with Koei Tecmo’s equally venerable Dynasty Warriors. On paper, this seems like a novel idea — these are two properties that seem like they’d be a good fit. In practice, Fire Emblem Warriors is the video game equivalent of swigging orange juice after brushing your teeth. It just doesn’t work and, really, you should have known better. Continue reading Games Review: Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch, 2017): A great idea in theory