Author: Matthew Arcari

Samurai Shodown Review: Tactical fighting fun

July 1, 2019

I’m a huge fan of the fighting game genre. Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Street Fighter, Soul Calibur. You name it, I love it. But Samurai Shodown, a venerable SNK franchise I had heard of but never played, had eluded me. Part reboot, part sequel, the latest entry in the long-running series (which reduces the title back […]

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: Fuelled by nostalgia

June 29, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the Crash Team Racing released on the original PlayStation, a game determined to set itself apart from genre titan Mario Kart. Thankfully, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled recaptures the experience of playing CTR again for the first time, bursting with flavour, variety and fun, and packed with […]

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The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is one of the best gaming laptops money can buy

June 13, 2019

I consider this review a bit of a challenge. It’s not because I don’t know about PC’s — in fact, I use them daily. It’s simply because I don’t game on them. I’m a console man, the ease and simplicity they offer working better for me and my situation overall. So: being trusted with one […]

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Ubtech Iron Man MK50 Review: A Fun Companion for any Marvel Fan

June 11, 2019

With the hype Avengers: Endgame; the culmination of Marvel’s 10 year cinematic universe sweeping the globe, it’s only natural that movie tie-in merchandise would follow in its path. Enter Ubtech’s Iron Man MK50. Based on the Iron Man costume seen in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the MK50 presents itself as an elaborate action figure, […]

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E3 2019: Rainbow Six: Quarantine is Revealed as the Next Official Game in the Series

June 11, 2019

While not much was shown, it seems as though Ubisoft have finally decided to take a dive into the zombie-genre with a trailer for Rainbow Six: Quarantine. The trailer opens with an infected operative making their last stand in the corner of a darkly lit room, with the infected nearing their location. The watch they are […]

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E3 2019: Time is on Your Side in Deathloop

June 10, 2019

Bethesda’s list of fresh and original content continues to grow in the form of Deathloop, an action packed time-bending experience brought to us by developers Arkane Lyon reminiscent of stories from Groundhog Day and The Edge of Tomorrow. While not much was shown in the way of gameplay, instead painting the picture of two characters […]

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E3 2019: Fallout 76 returns with a huge slate of upcoming content

June 10, 2019

It’s no secret that Fallout 76 launched to multiple forms of overwhelming criticism. But Bethesda Studios have persevered and returned to this year’s E3 conference with an abundance of content leading into the game’s second year. The first update, aptly named Wastelanders, brings the NPC (Non-player-controlled) characters back to the wasteland, as players partake in […]

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E3 2019: Assassins Creed: Odyssey Meets Fable in Gods and Monsters

June 10, 2019

It seems as though Assassins Creed: Odyssey has left a lasting impression on some of the creative designers at Ubisoft, as Gods and Monsters looks to build on the same mythos. The cinematic trailer pans across a gorgeous colourful landscape as a voice over questions who the Gods go to when they need help. The […]

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E3 2019: Always Sunny‘s Rob McElhenney’s new show is Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

June 10, 2019

While it’s technically happened before, TV show reveals at E3 are not really a thing. Yes Steven Spielberg, we’re still waiting on that Halo show. However, it seems like Ubisoft have joined the party, with their reveal of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Bringing what seems to be a second season of the Mythic Quest series, Rob […]

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E3 2019: Doom Eternal Returns with the All the Insanity You Expected

June 10, 2019

While this is not the first look at Doom Eternal, make no mistake; it might just be our best. Doom Eternal returns to Bethesda’s E3 showcase with an impressive story trailer featuring much of the gameplay fans have come to expect since the 2016 reboot. While Doom has always been light on its story, there […]

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E3 2019: Travel to The Outer Worlds in the Latest Action Packed Trailer

June 9, 2019

While The Outer Worlds has been revealed prior to the conference, we might have just gotten our best look yet at what to expected. From the looks of the trailer, players will explore the multiple vast planets and environments oozing with a classic western vibe reminiscent of the good ol’ Firefly days. With an action-packed […]

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E3 2019: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Brings Back an Old Friend in a New Story Trailer

June 9, 2019

If fans hadn’t seen enough of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from EA Play’s livestream, rest assured, Microsoft has brought the goods with them to their conference with a brand new story trailer. Admittedly, much of it is based on the 10-minute gameplay segment shown yesterday, but with all all-new look at fan favourite Rebel […]

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E3 2019: Dying Light 2 Introduces You to the Infection Like Never Before in a New Trailer

June 9, 2019

Dying Light 2 has long been anticipated; and it seems we’re getting one step closer with a brand new trailer coming out of Microsoft’s conference. The trailer shows off much of the open world, parkour-filled goodness the series has come to know, as the world seems crazier than it did before. Complete with a voiceover from […]

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Observation Shines as an Original and Intriguing Space Adventure

May 22, 2019

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’ve never played a game like Observation before. While games of this nature have great examples in Night Trap and Manhunt, both of which use surveillance cameras as a narrative device to push the story forward, the introduction of an AI-based character is a wholly original way to tell […]

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A Plague Tale: Innocence is an emotional journey in the heart of the swarm

May 15, 2019

You don’t see video games based on the infamous Black Plague hitting store shelves every day. While it suffers from a few technical hiccups and some repetitive gameplay elements, A Plague Tale: Innocence is an example onfhow to games can approach grim historical periods in emotionally resonant ways. It casts the plague itself as backdrop […]

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Days Gone Review: An Imperfect Zombie Tale With Heart

May 3, 2019

Days Gone left me about as conflicted as I’ve ever been while reviewing a game. The past week has been a battle of emotions and opinions, as it’s easy to spot the overused tropes at this point in the lifespan of the zombie genre. However, a certain level of polish and attention to detail, an […]

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World War Z Review: Swarms of Flawed Fun

April 25, 2019

First things first: World War Z wasn’t that bad of a movie. Released in a time when the undead genre had reached peak saturation, resurrecting the license with a worthy yet flawed video game adaptation a full six years later seems a strange move to say the least. That this IP resurrection is hitting shelves […]

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The Division 2 Review: Better Looter, Better Shooter

March 20, 2019

In the crowded age of looter shooters, it is understandable that The Division 2 could scare off gamers with the worry of repetitive gameplay, an unfinished story, and an underwhelming lack of initial content. It is on that note I begin this review, as The Division 2 has managed to surpass its predecessor and stands […]

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The Occupation Review: A Mildly Satisfying Political Thriller

March 13, 2019

The Occupation immediately hit me with a refreshing change of pace. For a game of this nature, throwing you into the thick of a terrorist plot might seem like an action packed outing, but rather takes the subdued approach, opting for investigative intrigue over the running and gunning. It’s safe to say that The Occupation […]

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Dirt Rally 2.0 Review: The Very Top of the Podium

February 28, 2019

As a major racing fan, it’s no secret that developer Codemasters is quickly becoming the king of racing games, nearly perfecting the Formula 1 racing series. Dirt Rally 2.0 is absolutely no exception, proving to be not only one of the best rally games from Codemasters, but one of the best rally games of all […]

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Games Review: Far Cry: New Dawn puts insanity back in the spotlight

February 14, 2019

If I know one thing, it’s that the Far Cry series has always found its beauty amongst the insanity. From highlights like Far Cry 3, it’s safe to say the series had morphed from a tropical survival experience into an insane holiday of blood, hallucinations and chaos. Far Cry: New Dawn stands as a worthy […]

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Games Review: Dark Souls Remastered (Nintendo Switch, 2018) is as Masterful as it is Portable

October 31, 2018

Dark Souls Remastered finally makes its way onto the Nintendo Switch after bringing its most polished iteration of the game to date on those respective consoles. I am glad to say that Dark Souls Remastered’s latest outing is as good as it’s ever been, bringing players back to the world of Lordan; and being able […]

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Games Review: NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PS4, 2018) brings back all the fun, but all the micro-transactions too

October 31, 2018

The NBA Playgrounds series is back once again for its second attempt at a slam dunk, with a fun, charming and old school approach rarely seen since the good old days of NBA Jam. I’m happy to say that NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in almost every single way, with […]

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Games Review: For Honor: Marching Fire is DLC Worth Returning For

October 31, 2018

For Honor made a few splashes when it debuted in early 2017, showing off some impressive combat mechanics topped off with a varied and intriguing mix of knights, vikings and samurai all duking it out for territorial supremacy. While I had enjoyed For Honor immensely, I won’t lie when I say I fell off the […]

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PAX Aus 2018: 5 of the best indie titles we played at PAX Aus

October 30, 2018

For the second time in a row, PAX Aus 2018 has managed to blow me away yet again with the overwhelming presence of indie titles on display. With so many fantastic ideas coming to fruition and the increasing number of titles being made within Melbourne, I couldn’t help but jump back into the madness and […]

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PAX Aus 2018: Matt’s Top 5 Experiences From the Show Floor

October 29, 2018

It’s no secret that PAX Aus is one of the most talked about events in Australian games industry calendar. With that being said, you can imagine it’s quite busy, with three days of non-stop action for fans from across the nation and the world. With an overwhelming amount of AAA titles, indie marvels and everything […]

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Games Review: Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch, 2018) brings back the toys and the fun

October 18, 2018

Thought that ‘toys to life’ video game fad was over? That the days of collecting Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures were behind you? Guess again. Starlink: Battle for Atlas marks developer Ubisoft Toronto’s first attempt at creating a fun, friendly, accessible spaceship combat-based experience for the young and old alike. While it’s not perfect, Starlink: Battle for […]

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Games Review: NBA 2K19 (PS4, 2018) is still the King of the Court

September 21, 2018

The NBA 2K series is back for its 20th anniversary, which seems like a long time for a video game franchise, but has proved to be time well spent, with the NBA 2K franchise becoming the preferred platform for many NBA fans, including myself. It is with great satisfaction that I can say that while […]

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Games Review: PES 2019 (PS4, 2018) is made of Magic Moments

September 17, 2018

Pro Evolution Soccer has always been appreciated by fans for its uncompromising, detailed and rewarding structure and gameplay; and with PES 2019 the series continues this tradition. Thanks to some fantastic overall gameplay, admirable presentation and slight adjustments to modes PES 2019 may scratch that football itch as a valid alternative to the wildly popular FIFA series. […]

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Games Review: F1 2018 (PS4, 2018): The Best in the Business

September 13, 2018

Ok, first things first? Do you like going fast? I mean really, really, really fast? Well then F1 2018 may just be suited to you. The latest iteration of developer Codemasters’ premiere Formula 1 franchise may just be the best we’ve seen so far, thanks to some handy improvements presentation and controls, all while holding […]

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