Here’s every announcement from PlayStation’s February State of Play

Playstation have started the year swinging with a stacked State of Play offering looks at previously announced games and a few surprises. The first being that this is just 1 of 2 State of Plays coming this month, with the next set later in the month. Helldivers II looks to be a massive upgrade Stellar…

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5 gaming franchises that need to make a return

It seems like every week, a new game is either hitting digital physical shelves, or we’re hearing about some new and exciting franchise on the way. Make no mistake, this is a great problem to have if you even consider it one in the first place. But through it all, we feel as though there’s…

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The Best Games of 2023

It’s that time of the year once again. The holiday season is upon us, Summer has hit down under, and the ever-expanding backlog of games has hit its peak. But at the end of the day, these must lay their claim to the game of the year conversation. As always, we’ve rounded up an honourable…

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SXSW Sydney 2023: Our top 5 experiences

SXSW celebrated its inaugural event in Australia with events happening all across the city of Sydney. While there were over 500 events to choose from, we managed to whittle it down to the five best gaming experiences we had during our time across the various events. Please note, these are in no particular order. Troy…

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PAX AUS begins this week

PAX AUS starts this week! It seems like only yesterday the doors closed on the most incredible event PAX has delivered in Australia so far, so the hype for this year’s event is off the charts! Being the 10th anniversary, the celebrations have already started with a ton of things to do to make sure…

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PAX AUS confirm first round of who’s coming in 2023

PAX Aus is getting ready to celebrate ten years of events in Australia. Located in Melbourne, the three-day gaming event sees gamers swarm from all over the country to discover the best new games coming soon, discover new ones at PAX Rising with a slew of indie games with some star-studded local talent. Nintendo returns…

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Everything announced at Ubisoft Forward 2023

Summer Games Fest 2023 is charging forward with a huge presentation from Ubisoft covering games and TV shows from the studio for the next 12 months. While most of the focus was on Avatar : Frontiers of Pandora, there were quite a few surprises here as well. We have been patiently waiting (since yesterday!) for…

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Our top 5 takeaways from Dreamhack Melbourne 2023

Dreamhack is Melbourne’s newest gaming festival, a three-day event was held at the Melbourne Parks precinct focused on all things E-sports. Competitions, leagues, B.Y.O LAN parties and cosplay competitions were all present, along with the chance to get some serious advice on how to get started in the gaming industry from professionals. 5. Cosplay Competition…

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Game Preview: Hands on with Dead Island 2

The team at Plaion ANZ were nice enough to provide us with a hands-on look at the highly anticipated Dead Island 2 from Dambuster Studios and Deep Silver. The sequel is finally releasing later this month after the first game in 2011, which garnered rave reviews and a cult following. This time around the island…

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Is the Power-Up Band at Super Nintendo World worth it?

After much anticipation, Super Nintendo World finally opened its doors at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday. With it comes a brand new, state-of-the-art Mario Kart ride, Toad’s impressively themed (and delicious) restaurant and an interactive land full of secrets, keys and coins. And to lay claim to many of those secrets (and coins), you’ve first…

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The Best Games of 2022

2022 has been yet another special year for gamers and non-gamers alike. With a plethora of special, interesting and memorable experiences on offer, we thought we would round up some of the very best for this year. You can also click on the titles of each of these entries to check out our full, in…

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Able Joseph shares his favourite animators of all time

Sydney singer/songwriter Able Joseph has recently released the tender and intimate track, “Lonely LA”. It’s a heartfelt song that tells the story of a couple who are treating their journey through life as one that is navigated by them as a team, and all that entails. It follows on from his previous single, “SOLO” which…

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The Best Games of 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

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

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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Why password managers like Lastpass have become essential when gaming online

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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How to transfer your Nintendo account to your new Switch OLED

You’ve just opened your brand new Nintendo Switch OLED and you’re ready to transfer your account across. But wait a second — how do you do that, exactly? Here’s our step-by-step guide to transferring your user and save data to a new Nintendo Switch OLED. 1. First things first So to start with, let’s answer…

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Genshin Impact

7 Things You Should Know Before Starting Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact has taken the gaming world by storm, but what exactly is it? Genshin Impact is an open-world, action, massively multiplayer role-playing game by Chinese developer, Mihoyo. In the year since its release, it’s become the career launchpad for a huge number of streamers and YouTubers. It’s also given players the ability to explore…

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A Brief Ode to Nintendo On Its 132nd Birthday

Nintendo has come a long, long way from its humble beginnings as a playing card company in Kyoto, Japan, to a video game behemoth. One that is near and dear to many gamers worldwide. Like a lot of you reading this piece, you probably grew up playing a Nintendo game. Whether it was Zelda or…

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Gallery: The art of The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood

If you can look at this Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood concept art and not hear the Skyrim theme, you might be fibbing. Bethesda’s popular MMORPG is enjoying something of a golden age. The return of daedric lord Mehrunes Dagon has drawn many old and relapsed fans back into the fold. The latest in a string…

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Danganronpa, or how I learned to love the Irrefutable Bullet

The last 18 months of life all over the world have been chaotic at best. The undeniable fact is that there’s never been a more opportune time to fall into the embrace of video games. But sheltering at home hasn’t just resulted in me playing more video games. I’m also immersing myself in gaming that…

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Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Preview: You’re full of Tall Tales, Sparrow

This week Sea of Thieves will launch A Pirate’s Life, one of the game’s most impactful updates ever. The update, which launches in tandem with its Season Three content drop, is a set of five new Tall Tales all centred around Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Tall Tales are the Sea of Thieves version…

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Where to see every E3 2021 livestream in Australian times

Looking for where you can find every E3 2021 livestream in Australian times? Look no further, friend. Below, we’ve laid out all the biggest livestreams in one handy list, with individual Aus timezones and links so you can find them on the night.   So, when does E3 start exactly? Great question. Hard to answer….

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Flawless Victories: The history of Mortal Kombat and Injustice 2‘s NetherRealm Studios

I remember the first time I played Mortal Kombat, or at least I vaguely recall its influence and how ahead of its time it seemed to be. I remember how real it looked and sounded. I remember having the fatality codes tucked in its Mega Drive case in a time before the internet. But most…

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Win a code for the Diablo 2 Resurrected technical alpha!

The Diablo 2 Resurrected technical alpha kicks off this weekend and everyone wants codes. We, however, might be able to help you out. Stay a while and listen. We have five Battle.net codes for the Diablo 2 Resurrected technical alpha up for grabs. All you have to do is fill out the form below and…

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Three Health Issues That Depend on Gaming for Therapy

Gaming is one of the most popular modern hobbies, with an enormous and diverse collection of titles available to players all around the world.  However, next time you’re settling down for a session on World of Warcraft or COD, you might have to put up with a barrage of complaints from your family who don’t…

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The best Christmas gifts in Australia for 2020

Christmas is almost here, and given the year we’ve just had, it’s go hard or go home. This holiday season is – pending none of 2020’s indulgent curve-balls – going to have a lot riding on it. It’ll be like cannoning-balling into that perfectly temperature controller pool after trudging through the Sahara, and hearing those…

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Cyberpunk 2077: 5 Things We Can’t Wait to See

For longer than we’d care to admit, Cyberpunk 2077 has been on our minds. First revealed way back 2013, the wait for release has been long and occasionally frustrating. Thankfully, the worst appears to be behind us: following multiple delays in 2020 alone, Cyberpunk 2077 is now set to launch next week, December 10th. The…

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Two Days to Retirement: The life and times of the Xbox One

For the last seven years, the Xbox One has been one of the internet’s favourite punching bags. The machine that Xbox debuted at Microsoft’s Redmond campus ahead of E3 2013 was suffering an identity crisis. It was a video game console that focused on everything BUT video games. Against a resurgent and clear-minded PlayStation, the…

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Immortals: Fenyx Rising Preview: Wild at heart

Immortals: Fenyx Rising is Ubisoft’s first original AAA IP in god only knows how long. Ubi has a built a reputation as a publisher that likes a safe bet. Ubi’s franchises are guaranteed to sell. This makes launching new IP a big risk. That it comes at the dawn of a new hardware cycle is…

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