Video Games

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard in mega $68.7 billion deal

January 19, 2022

In a stunning move, Microsoft has purchased publisher Activision Blizzard for a whopping sum of $68.7 billion. If Microsoft had stumbled in recent years with exclusives and variety of games, they’re definitely back on track. While it’s no secret that Activision Blizzard has been dealing with a number of discrimination and mistreatment allegations and legal […]

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Rainbow Six Extraction Preview: Get to the choppa’

January 11, 2022

The next entry in the wildly popular Rainbow Six series admittedly feels like untapped territory. For a series built on realism and the nature of a tactical approach, I was excited to experience that same level of tension and pace against a new alien threat. Our hands-on preview of Rainbow Six Extraction unveiled a number […]

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Halo Infinite Multiplayer Review – Hail to the Chief

December 21, 2021

Previous Halo games have always served as a single-player experience for me. While I did attempt to get into it in the previous title Halo: Guardians, There were way too many other MMO games at that time that had my attention. After a bit of a dry spell this year, I jumped into Halo Infinite […]

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The Best Games of 2021

December 16, 2021

2021 has been a special year for gamers and non-gamers alike. For reasons we won’t dive deeper into, this year has forced us to stay inside. Away from those we love, places we cherish and experiences we usually take for granted. This time around, the games and technology team here at The AU Review have […]

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What is the cheat code?: The conundrum of the video game adaptation

December 14, 2021

The term “video game film adaptation” often makes people shudder. But what is it with film adaptations based on video games? Why is it that so many have earned such a horrible reputation? Is there a code that needs to be cracked? A formula to get right? What exactly can we do to achieve a […]

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Bethesda ANZ to team up with Game On Cancer for a festive charity stream

December 13, 2021

Bethesda ANZ has announced that their Bethesda Holiday Special Stream will highlight a partnership with Game On Cancer™, an initiative of the Australian Charity, Cure Cancer. This stream will look to bring together a variety of both local and global talent, including UFC middleweight star Rob Whittaker and Rich Lambert, Creative Director of The Elder […]

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Big Brain Academy : Brain vs. Brain Review – Switch it up!

December 11, 2021

The Big Brain Academy series is back on the Nintendo Switch with a colourful and interactive take on the classic game series that originally came out on the Nintendo DS. 2021 has been a big year for party games on the Switch and it looks like we are closing out the year with another strong […]

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Every major announcement from The Game Awards 2021

December 11, 2021

The Game Awards has become a rather interesting platform for major gaming announcements over the past few years. Thankfully for fans, 2021’s iteration brought the goods. Before we proceed, we would just like to take a second to congratulate It Takes Two for winning the coveted Game of the Year Award, along with all award-winners […]

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The AU Review’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2021: From tech and grooming, to kitchen and design

December 9, 2021

2021 has been tough for Aussies, and it seems that quite possibly things are going to be… complicated… for months to come. There’s still a lot of gloom about despite many cities now enjoying life out of lockdown, which is why the upcoming Christmas holidays just may be the most important ones yet. There’s no […]

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Halo Infinite Single-Player Campaign Review: Welcome back Chief

December 9, 2021

On this, the 20th anniversary of the franchise and the Xbox platform as a whole, Halo has sparked many questions in the minds of its fans. Has the series run its course? Is the Master Chief a relevant hero for the modern age? Can such a dated franchise really exist without pushing new boundaries? Well […]

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Here’s where and when you can watch The Game Awards 2021 in Australia

December 8, 2021

Geoff Keighley’s annual Video Game Awards presentation has rolled around again for 2021, handing out accolades for the best the year has had to offer in gaming. It’s admittedly been a tough year for game delays, with many of the year’s hotly anticipated games pushed to 2022, from the likes of God of War Ragnarok […]

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December’s PlayStation Plus games are now live

December 8, 2021

December’s PlayStation Plus offering is as well-rounded as it is critically acclaimed; for the most part. Godfall: Challenger Edition stands as the PlayStation 5 entry for this month, while Lego DC Super Villains and Mortal Shell follow as forward compatible PlayStation 4 titles for those on next generation consoles. While it’s clear Godfall is looking […]

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Aussie restaurants are set to bring the PlayStation experience to the plate

December 7, 2021

Gaming fans and foodies alike can rejoice as PlayStation launches PlayStation to Plate, giving Aussies across Sydney and Melbourne a taste of the many exclusives the platform has to offer. From 3 December, three restaurants will bring to life meals inspired by classic franchises including The Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank and Uncharted. Dish 1: […]

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Death’s Door Review: A Door Worth Knockin’ On

December 1, 2021

Gaming has always been the past time for a bit of escapism. Now more than ever, the sheer variety of games has allowed us to be whisked away to worlds we would never have even imagined. For one, you can now self-insert as a cute little crow working for the Reaping Commission Headquarters as a […]

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Battlefield 2042 Review: A Trip Into the Eye of the Storm

November 26, 2021

For a franchise centred around the conflict of war, covering several eras and stories, it’s clear that Battlefield 2042 had one target left in mind; itself. What follows is an incredibly frustrating blend of smooth action and refined gunplay, paired with numerous bugs and glitches, and the overall lack of depth within its mainline modes. […]

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Game Review: An Ode to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

November 26, 2021

It’s been 15 years since the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl—arguably the most important entry in the Pokémon gaming franchise, as it revitalised its popularity through changes to the battle system, along with Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to connect players to the wider Pokémon community. It was the spark for the Gen IV […]

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Lastpass

Why password managers like Lastpass have become essential when gaming online

November 24, 2021

For people who spend a lot of time gaming online, a password manager is likely the last thing on their minds. In fact, a strong password manager like Lastpass (who are currently offering 25% with their Black Friday sale) is a non-negotiable internet security measure for anyone who loves online gaming. Let us explain. Digital […]

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition Review: A Missed Opportunity

November 19, 2021

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is without a doubt my favourite entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise and one of my favourite games of all time. So you can imagine my excitement when Rockstar had announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition, containing Grand Theft […]

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Review: A Familiar Firefight

November 15, 2021

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s return to a World War II setting is not without its merit. Since Call of Duty: WWII, the franchise had cycled back around to a Modern Warfare revival and two Black Ops titles. But was this era worth revisiting? In many respects, yes; and no. Call of Duty: Vanguard plays its […]

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Bright Memory: Infinite Review: A Linear Yet Admirable Action Outing

November 12, 2021

My time with Bright Memory: Infinite has been interesting, to say the least. As I loaded up my assault rifle, picking off enemies in the distance, I quickly navigated my surroundings. I bounced off walls to get across precarious chasms. I hacked and slashed my way through obtrusive enemies. I participated in lighting fast quick […]

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Elden Ring Hands-On Impressions: A Brutally Good Time

November 11, 2021

We recently got the chance to participate in a Closed Network Test of Elden Ring, developer FromSoftware’s Souls-inspired epic. This beta version of the game featured a contained portion of its open world, allowing us to explore, battle and most importantly, survive. I would liken my time with Elden Ring to Dark Souls 3 – […]

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Interview: Sledgehammer Games’ Narrative Designers Talk Call of Duty Vanguard’s Campaign

November 5, 2021

We recently got the chance to chat with Narrative Designer, Alexa Ray Corriea and Associate Narrative Designer, Belinda Garcia from Sledgehammer Games about the upcoming World War 2 shooter, Call of Duty Vanguard, and the engaging narrative that binds four unique characters together. What sets this WW2 story apart from previous WW2 campaigns within the […]

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Forza Horizon 5 Review: The Fastest Fiesta in Town

November 4, 2021

The screen is dark. The sound of an engine roaring pierces the air, as the back on a cargo plane opens. Suddenly, your vehicle drops out of the back, parachuting down to a dense, colourful Mexican landscape. As soon as you land, you blast onto the road, on your way to your first Horizon Festival. […]

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Mario Party Superstars Review: Celebrate Good Times

November 4, 2021

I owe the Mario Party franchise a great deal of credit. It’s responsible for some of the best gaming moments I’ve had on a Nintendo console. While Mario Party 3 will always remain my favourite, it’s safe to say that the franchise faltered in recent years, prompting me to drift away from the iconic mini-games […]

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review: The Heroes We Deserve

October 30, 2021

I have to be honest. After publisher Square Enix’s last Marvel themed outing, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy instilled a sizeable amount of doubt within me. Sure, Marvel’s Avengers was a fun cooperative experience, but it lacked any depth and heart. It seems as though the second time is the charm, as Marvel’s Guardians of […]

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Every Announcement from PlayStation’s October State of Play

October 28, 2021

PlayStation’s October State of Play rolled around this morning, with a fresh focus on third party titles and indie games. While some announcements unveiled some entirely new and unseen projects, it was also nice to see some indie games getting the love with some expanse updates. And with that, let’s have a look at the […]

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Age of Empire’s WOLOL-O’s Cereal is a Nutritious Blast From the Past

October 26, 2021

If you’re old enough, you might remember getting your first taste of Age of Empires, along with a bite of nutritious cereal, from a Nutri-Grain box. It’s also hard to believe that sweet moment from my childhood was also almost 20-years ago. Damn. Well apparently so do the team at Microsoft were fond of this […]

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The Latest Halo Infinite Trailer Brings the Goods

October 26, 2021

343 Industries revealed the latest look at Halo Infinite overnight, presenting an action-packed look at what Halo fans can expect from the campaign, when it launches on December 8. Accompanied by that sweet, glorious Halo theme, we get to see Master Chief embark on a quest to track down what remains of Cortana, as the […]

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Nickelodeon Brawl

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Review: Smash TV

October 22, 2021

I never expected my last couple of free evenings to be spent trying to smack, dodge and jump over Michaelangelo against the backdrop of The Flying Dutchman’s Ship. But based on what 2020 and 2021 has shown us so far, anything absolutely goes these days. This is Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the latest platform fighter that […]

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Story of Seasons

Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Review: Friendship is forever

October 15, 2021

My first foray into farming simulation games dates back further than Harvest Moon‘s rebrand to Story of Seasons. I’m old enough to remember when it was called Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. That game is now 22 years old. It’s hard to overstate how uncommon slice-of-life narrative games were back then. Today, there are video […]

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