Category Archives: Windows PC

Games Review: Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (PC, 2018): Teamwork makes the dream work

Broadly speaking, whenever a game receives an expansion pack, they tend to take that word”expansion” rather literally. Typically what they bring to the table is more of everything you could already do in the base game. More units, more characters, more places to visit, things to do.

Civilization expansions take a very different approach. They give you everything you expect from an expansion pack but they also renovate the proverbial house, tweaking existing systems, addressing player concerns and rebuilding with the foundations. Historically, each expansion markedly improves the current Civ experience and with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, that tradition continues — even if it can’t fix all of Civ VI‘s bugbears. Continue reading Games Review: Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (PC, 2018): Teamwork makes the dream work

Games Review: Fe (Xbox One, 2018): Beautiful, but oblique

You ever sit down with a game, settle in with it, familiarise yourself with the controls and prepare for the inevitable hook that will lead you on your quest? My experience with Fe was fine right up until the part where the hook was supposed to arrive. It never did. Forty minutes after booting the game up and settling in, I still didn’t really know what the game actually wanted from me but I had managed to make a bunch of animal friends. Continue reading Games Review: Fe (Xbox One, 2018): Beautiful, but oblique

Games Review: Lost Sphear (PS4, 2018) finds its place amongst mundanity

Lost Sphear has finally been released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. A successor of sorts to developer Tokyo RPG Factory’s fantastic I Am Setsuna, while it’s not all bad, its hard not to feel like Lost Sphear has lost the things that made Setsuna special. Continue reading Games Review: Lost Sphear (PS4, 2018) finds its place amongst mundanity

Games Review: Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, 2018): Style, simplicity and super powers

The Dragon Ball series has always been a no-brainer as far as content for fighting games goes. Nevertheless, Dragon Ball games have tended to fall short of what most players assumed should be a slam dunk — they were wonky fighters, focused more on channelling the look and feel of the legendary anime than they were on creating a solid fighter. In Dragon Ball FighterZGuilty Gear developer Arc System Works have gotten right to the heart of the matter, creating the Dragon Ball fighter fans have dreamed of for over two decades. Continue reading Games Review: Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, 2018): Style, simplicity and super powers

Games Review: Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds (PC, 2018) Combines Classic Nostalgia With A Modern Twist

The modern era of video games has brought with it a boom of classic JRPG-style games. With the popularity of Persona, Fire Emblem and Pokémon ensuring the genre’s continuing success, it’s no surprise, then, that games like Legrand Legacy exist — games designed to celebrate the history and personality of JRPGs from the past. Continue reading Games Review: Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds (PC, 2018) Combines Classic Nostalgia With A Modern Twist

Tech Review: Hyper X Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard is somehow even more stripped back than its larger cousin

It was only a few months ago that we reviewed the Hyper X Alloy FPS on this very website. A low-fi piece of tech that values performance over bells and whistles, we found it to be a quality board for those who like to keep things simple. Imagine our surprise when its cousin, the Alloy FPS Pro, arrived on our doorstep looking to make things even simpler. Continue reading Tech Review: Hyper X Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard is somehow even more stripped back than its larger cousin

Games Review: Hello Neighbor (Xbox One, 2017): Goodbye player

Dynamic Pixels Stealth Survival Horror is a pretty hefty banner to place on their title of Hello Neighbor, especially after recently trying to drift through games such as Outlast 2 and even the beautifully well made Little Nightmares. Hello Neighbor comes about as close to horror as your nanna’s dirty unwashed knickers: it’s creepy, cringe worthy, and leaves a smell you just want to stay clear of. Continue reading Games Review: Hello Neighbor (Xbox One, 2017): Goodbye player

Games Review: Rumu (PC, 2017): I love feelings

Rumu is the second major release from Sydney-based indie developer Robot House. It’s a game about a little robot vacuum cleaner that lives in a smart home run by an AI named Sabrina — a little guy trying to make sense of a big and complicated place. Rumu, as a game, is much the same — a little game with huge philosophical ideas to work through. Continue reading Games Review: Rumu (PC, 2017): I love feelings

Games Review: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS4, 2017): A pile of weird decisions

There’s almost no reason for you to play Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris. I’ve tried to find a nicer way to frame the expansion’s futile attempts at justifying its own existence but there’s no getting around it. In a game as massive as Destiny 2, especially one that is designed to keep players coming back, Curse of Osiris feels like scraps thrown to a starving crowd. Continue reading Games Review: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS4, 2017): A pile of weird decisions

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