Tag Archives: PS4

Games Review: NBA 2K18 retains its crown as the king of basketball simulation

The NBA 2k series has dominated the basketball simulator landscape for about a decade now and, with NBA 2K18 finally on our shelves, it’s safe to say that this series still holds the crown. Quite simply, this is the best NBA game you can play right now. Coming up against the NBA Live series for the first time in a while, NBA 2K18 understands its roots and mechanics, and doesn’t stray far in order to change what’s succeeded for the past couple years. Continue reading Games Review: NBA 2K18 retains its crown as the king of basketball simulation

Games Review: NHL 18 (PS4, 2017) is a solid sim that is content to rest on its laurels

NHL 18 wants to be a mirror to this year’s Stanley Cup — no bells, no whistles, no brawls or bullshit, just great skillful hockey. That’s what it wants, and it’s a noble goal, but sadly the puck never quite finds the back of the net. Continue reading Games Review: NHL 18 (PS4, 2017) is a solid sim that is content to rest on its laurels

Games Review: Project Cars 2 (PS4, 2017) revives the racing simulator to great effect

Project Cars 2 is an interesting experience. While it’s first outing presented players with stiff controls, a lack of car variety and overall depth, Project Cars 2 attempts to rectify these issues, while bringing back the racing simulator into the mainstream. But can it top the likes of Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport? While the answer is not so black and white, this game comes pretty close. Continue reading Games Review: Project Cars 2 (PS4, 2017) revives the racing simulator to great effect

Games Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, 2017) is a solid final chapter with no new ideas

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider takes former-apprentice assassin Billie Lurk, a character the series has heretofore considered little more than a side-kick, and catapults her into the spotlight as a lead. The final game in the current Dishonored series hands Billie an unenviable task — find and kill the Outsider. Continue reading Games Review: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, 2017) is a solid final chapter with no new ideas

Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong

I thought I was prepared for The Evil Within 2. “Psychological horror,” I thought, “I can do that.” The moment that the first nightmare broke through a mirror and attempted to chainsaw me to death, I realised just how wrong I was. The playthrough started with series protagonist Sebastian Castellanos making his way through an abandoned building in search of his missing daughter. Of course, being a horror game, each room was dimly lit, featured some delightfully skin-tingling violins, and I had an unsettling feeling that something wasn’t right. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: The Evil Within 2 Explores A World Gone Wrong

Games Review: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (PC, 2017) is the best version of XCOM ever made

XCOM 2 is, at its heart, a game about loss. It’s why save-scumming, the act of loading an earlier save in an effort to avoid catastrophe, is so frowned upon in the game’s community. Losing valuable soldiers isn’t just a part of the game, it fills out the unscripted narrative of your personal XCOM 2 experience. Basically, if playing XCOM 2 is paining you, that’s how you know you’re doing it right and in the game’s latest expansion, War of the Chosen, developer Firaxis is doubling down on the pain.
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Video Games Review: Destiny 2 (PS4, 2017) files down many of the original’s rougher edges

Destiny was the first game I reviewed for this site, back when the games section was still called VideAU Games, an offshoot of The Iris parent site, The AU Review. On launch, it was an ambitious but deeply flawed experiment in the MMO space, hyped beyond almost any other game in recent memory. It weathered two major expansions, The Dark Below and House of Wolves, before finally finding a groove in its third, The Taken King. A fourth and final expansion, Rise of Iron, brought Destiny‘s two year run to a close. And now Bungie returns to their newest sci fi universe, their first new IP since leaving their renowned Halo series in Microsoft’s hands. Destiny 2 repeats a lot of its predecessor’s mistakes, but it also files down many of that game’s rougher edges, creating something that is at once extremely easy to play but doesn’t feel like it carries much in the way of long-term satisfaction just yet. Continue reading Video Games Review: Destiny 2 (PS4, 2017) files down many of the original’s rougher edges

Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor

Last month I had the chance to spend a couple of hours with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a game which literally picks up from where the last game, 2014’s The Stick of Truth, left off. The boys are still playing wizards, and as The New Kid, your quest to impress your classmates continues — all the while being introduced to the game’s new grid-based fighting system (battling a giant cardboard dragon, naturally). Cartman being Cartman, he throws a wrench in your plan, arriving from the “future” to launch a new game for the boys, part of a bid to kickstart a new superhero universe, and save a few cats along the way. Continue reading Video Games Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017) may be funnier than its predecessor

Capcom’s Okami HD brings an adventure classic to PS4, Xbox One and PC

There’s two kinds of people in this world — people who played Okami back in 2007 and those who did not. Originally released here in Australia on the PlayStation 2 a full year after its Japanese and American launch, and only in a very limited run (the 2000’s were a dark time), Capcom have announced that Okami HD will launch on current gen consoles and PC this year. Continue reading Capcom’s Okami HD brings an adventure classic to PS4, Xbox One and PC

Video Games Review: ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox One, 2017) combines wonder with next-level grind

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I know I’m not the only one. I loved (and continue to love) The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park, I read every book on them I could find, I inhaled the Dinotopia novels, I spent more time on DinoPark Tycoon in the primary school’s computer room than I did in class. ARKSurvival Evolved would have been the kind of game I’d have lost my mind over as a younger person, regardless of its many obvious shortcomings. As an adult, sadly, its a far harder sell. Continue reading Video Games Review: ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox One, 2017) combines wonder with next-level grind