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Games Review: The Station (Xbox One, 2018): ET Gone Home

It only took me a little over two hours to knock The Station over but I’m stilling idly thinking about it whenever I’ve nothing else to occupy my brain. For a game this short, there’s a surprising amount to unpack once the credits have rolled. It’s not perfect — the edges are rough like shark’s hide, even a graze will take skin off — but the story is quite strong, and if you can muscle past all the technical problems, it may reward you. Continue reading Games Review: The Station (Xbox One, 2018): ET Gone Home

Games Review: Wulverblade (Switch, 2018): Angry Scots take over the arcade

Those who grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s will remember the heady days of the video game arcade. Magical places full of light and noise and games you couldn’t play anywhere else. Going to the movies meant visiting the arcade next door, and I would beeline for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cabinetStreets of Rage-style side scrolling beat-em-ups were easy fodder for arcades back in the day — beating up the regular enemies with your friends was really satisfying and fun, and then they’d hit you with a boss that was bone-crushingly difficult. Designers did this on purpose — you’d all get wiped and have to throw another $2 coin at the game to carry on. Wulverblade continues this arcade tradition with an historical bent. Continue reading Games Review: Wulverblade (Switch, 2018): Angry Scots take over the arcade

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

Sydney’s new co-sharing incubator could be the local version of The Arcade indie devs have been waiting for

For independent game devs in Sydney, the dream of having a version of Melbourne’s The Arcade to call their own is still a pipedream. Be that as it may, The Studio Incubator, a communal media work space opening in March, might be the thing that fills the gap until such a place arrives. Continue reading Sydney’s new co-sharing incubator could be the local version of The Arcade indie devs have been waiting for

Games Hands On: Dusk (PC, 2018): Bringing Quake back

Amongst the litany of genre revivals going on in the indie games space right now, there’s one or two that are appearing more than others — Metroidvanias and ultra-hard, skill-centric platformers. Both are born of genres with audiences long-starved starved for content, and it means that interest is high. But, if I may, there’s a third genre I’d like to throw into this mix: the Quake-like. It’s a genre ripe for the plumbing and, as it stands right now, there are few examples of the form quite as good as Dusk. Continue reading Games Hands On: Dusk (PC, 2018): Bringing Quake back

Atomik is out today on Nintendo Switch and we’re already hype about it

The game with the most to-the-point subtitle we’ve seen in a while, Atomik: RunGunJumpGun, has arrived on the Nintendo eShop today. That’s only the first thing you should know. The second is that there’s a trailer and you have to watch it because it rules extremely hard.

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Games Review: RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch, 2017): A heady genre blend

It’s been five years since disaster befell Dutch developer Two Tribes B.V. and a large percentage of their staff were retrenched, spelling the end for the studio. They were not, however, prepared to go down without a fight and the remaining staff battled on to complete what would become Two Tribes’ last game, a twin-stick shooter called RIVE. Continue reading Games Review: RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch, 2017): A heady genre blend

Here’s everything Nintendo announced in their latest showcase broadcast

Nintendo took to their Twitch channel overnight with a new showcase broadcast, focusing on the raft of indie content coming to the Nintendo Switch in the next 12 months. We’ve collated all the announcements and trailers for your viewing pleasure after the jump. Continue reading Here’s everything Nintendo announced in their latest showcase broadcast

Scott Ludlam and The Greens unveil plan to restore the Australian video games industry, and it starts in WA

Western Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam has unveiled a new plan to boost the Australian video games industry overnight. The plan seeks to reinstate the Australian Interactive Games Fund, but also looks to turn the Western Australian capital Perth into the new hub of Australian games development Continue reading Scott Ludlam and The Greens unveil plan to restore the Australian video games industry, and it starts in WA