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Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

The Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones, the latest refresh of Plantronics’ longrunning RIG 500 line, are about as close to the perfect gaming headset as any I’ve ever used. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core shouldn’t sound as good as it does. This is a $70 AUD pair of headphones. You expect certain things from $70 headphones. You expect them to be cheap. You expect them to be made from hard, unyeilding plastic that keeps them from being worn comfortably for long periods. You certainly don’t expect them to sound good. But they do. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

Games Review: The Crew 2 (PS4, 2018) is a fun ride, but fails to transform the genre into anything new

The Crew 2 immediately presents itself as a different kind of racer, drawing on its arcade-like mechanics of the past, while infusing they with new mechanics encouraging transformation and an even bigger variety of vehicles to choose from, across the land, sea and sky. Seems like an improvement right? Well, not exactly. While The Crew 2 doesn’t do anything terribly, i fails to utilise it’s engaging mechanics into a consistent experience that leaves me feeling like while The Crew 2 has a ton to offer, it ultimately felt like a giant missed opportunity. Continue reading Games Review: The Crew 2 (PS4, 2018) is a fun ride, but fails to transform the genre into anything new

Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC, 2018): Something borrowed, something new

There is a trend in modern AAA game design of pinching the best ideas from other games and building on them to create something new. Hi-Rez Studios is a developer that has built a successful portfolio by doing exactly this. They are very good at looking at successful multiplayer games, distilling their most enjoyable components and putting their own spin on them. When Hi-Rez’s team shooter/MOBA hybrid Paladins went into early access a couple of years ago, a major source of amusement among the gaming community was in how closely, sometimes shamelessly, it resembled Blizzard’s Overwatch. Continue reading Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC, 2018): Something borrowed, something new

Games Review: Lego The Incredibles (PS4, 2018): Saving the world one brick at a time

With the world of LEGO dominating the video game market with numerous adaptations of beloved properties, a venture based on The Incredibles films seems like a natural fit.  With The Incredibles 2 out in cinemas, you may think that LEGO’s “cash grab” tactics may be at play here. Well, you would be terribly mistaken. LEGO The Incredibles takes various mechanics, visuals and an overall sense of charm gained from previous LEGO titles, culminating in one of the more engaging and nostalgic experiences I’ve had in quite some time.  Continue reading Games Review: Lego The Incredibles (PS4, 2018): Saving the world one brick at a time

Games Review: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One, 2018): “We’re going to make a fortune with this place.”

Jurassic World Evolution is far, far harder than it needs to be. It’s really surprising how difficult the game is at times. Your guests’ wants are often bizarre, the learning curve is a cliff face and the dinosaurs are predictably unsympathetic to your desire to make a buck. I’ll spend hours getting everything in my park running smoothly before a problem cascades out of control, leaving me bankrupt. And yet, I love it and I can’t stop playing it. Continue reading Games Review: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One, 2018): “We’re going to make a fortune with this place.”

Games Review: Onrush (PS4, 2018): Who said arcade racers were dead?

Onrush immediately throws itself onto you as a weird, quirky and sometimes downright crazy experience. However, it’s an experience which I haven’t come across in a while, and to my surprise, it’s some of the most fun I’ve had in a racing title in recent memory. Developers Evolution Studios of Driveclub and Motorstorm fame have created the foundation for Onrush, as it blends an insanely colourful visual pallet with an inventive and downright addictive gameplay loop. Continue reading Games Review: Onrush (PS4, 2018): Who said arcade racers were dead?