Reviews

The Moza R3 Racing Bundle provides some solid entry-level simulation

Moza is no stranger to racing simulation; they’ve proven this time and time again over the years, with an impressive range of wheels, pedals, bases and even flight sticks. However, their new Xbox and PC-compatible wheel is aimed squarely at both entry-level shoppers, and those possibly looking to break into the racing simulation scene for…

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Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD is Nintendo’s best port yet

The Nintendo Switch is getting on in its later years; it has been a solid seven years of some of gaming’s most remarkable games and has consistently been rolled out with a mix of new and old titles, upgrades to remasters and ports. While we know that the next generation of Nintendo’s console could be…

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Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC stands tall as an essential addition to an existing masterpiece

I took the liberty of reviewing Elden Ring back in 2022, and I stand by pretty much everything I said then. It’s one of the most refined, polished and fleshed-out games within its genre, and a shining example of how the genre itself can evolve and grow, without sacrificing its roots. The Shadow of the…

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Ghost Of Tsushima: Director’s Cut provides the definitive way to play on PC

PlayStation is going hard with their ports from console to PC via Steam. This time around, the now classic Ghost of Tsushima: Directors Cut gets the port treatment directly from the PlayStation 5 version of the game, despite originally releasing quite late in the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle. While I won’t go into too much into…

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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance revitalises its original release with fresh new ideas

Shin Megami Tensei V might have been released back in 2021 but didn’t really catch much traction with Western audiences. It was back then, a fantastic traditional JRPG with some unique story elements, and is still considered a relatively great game. Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, however, feels like the definitive release, complete with new…

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F1 24 feels more like a solid evolution rather than a radical revolution

Over the years, developer Codemasters has done a fantastic job at creating numerous Formula 1 games that look gorgeous, are fun to play, and are meticulously crafted to include a number of customisation options for controller and simulation users alike. The F1 World mode has incorporated online and offline components in unique ways, while career…

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 builds on its predecessor in almost every way

I really enjoyed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice when it launched back in 2017, for its intriguing lore, emotional narrative and stellar sound design. That was really all I needed to want to return to this world in Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. While this sequel feels incredibly familiar in most departments, developer Ninja Theory has made every…

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System Shock provides the same exciting trip down memory lane, now on consoles

System Shock was initially released 30 years ago on PC but made its way back in the form of a remake, which was released almost a year ago on PC. We took the time to review it back then, and loved pretty much everything about it. You can check out that review here. But for…

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door makes safe, yet important improvements to an already fantastic game

It’s hard to believe that the original Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is 20 years old. Yes, you read that right. It’s also just as hard for me to believe that I remember checking out the original Gamecube version like it was yesterday. This remake will feel incredibly familiar to anyone who has played the…

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The Backbone One USB-C (2nd-Gen) further refines some of its best features

Remote play is certainly becoming a more viable option here in Australia, thanks to slowly (but surely) improving internet speeds and newer ways to play on the go. PlayStation’s Remote Play, Xbox’s Game Pass and Cloud Play each offer some easy ways to get your hands on the latest games, should you have something as…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants ultimately feels too shallow for its own good

I’m a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan and have been ever since I can remember. I’ve kept up with most of the comic books, shows, games and movies, and even played the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants when it was released back in 2017, so I had an idea…

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Early Access Review: No Rest for the Wicked deserves your attention

We got a chance to crack open the new isometric ARPG No Rest for the Wicked, playing through the first chunk of its story and exploring its broader open world. While this game is still in its early access phase, this is still without a doubt one of the most impressive games in its genre…

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Endless Oceans Luminous looks fantastic, but is ultimately a disappointing dive

Aquatic-based games have always appealed to me. The serenity of the ocean and the vast amount of creatures you can explore and discover have been crafted throughout gaming history with Ecco the Dolphin, Beyond Blue, Abzu and Subnautica, to name a few. The blend of underwater exploration, sea creature scanning and world-building are all key…

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Alone in the Dark is a thrilling return to survival horror

Alone in the Dark resurrects the iconic survival horror franchise with a modern twist, delivering a chilling, immersive experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Developed by a dedicated team at Pieces Interactive, this latest instalment brings new life to the series while paying homage to its roots. Embark on a…

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TopSpin 2K25 returns serve with one of the best tennis games in years

TopSpin 2K25 marks the return of the beloved tennis franchise after more than a decade, and I could not be happier. While TopSpin 4 was released back in 2011, I still find myself going back to it now and again, simply because it’s one of the best tennis games ever made. Thankfully, TopSpin 2K25 serves…

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Stellar Blade serves up some killer action, but stumbles throughout its wild story

Stellar Blade caught my eye a few months ago for its dazzling visuals and downright bonkers gameplay. It was something fresh, yet familiar, with developer Shift Up drawing on a number of inspirations from the hack-and-slash genre. While Stellar Blade’s story is either tired or outright ridiculous at the best of times, it absolutely shines…

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Horizon Forbidden West: Complete Edition is one of the best PlayStation games ported to PC so far

Horizon Forbidden West is a technical achievement on consoles. The incredibly rich and detailed world looks incredible on 4K TVs with a level of detail and colour not often seen in mainstream console gaming. It is only fair that a game this incredible would be ported to PC and be able to utilise the higher…

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Children of the Sun is a powerhouse in the form of a psychedelic puzzle-shooter

Children of the Sun is one of those games that struck me from the moment I saw it – crazy visuals like this will do that to you. With that distinctive, disjointed look combined (and contrasting) with some strong and precise gameplay it certainly delivers on the wild, thrilling, and violent ride its trailer promises….

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 is a solid sequel, even if it’s not redefining the genre

I have vague memories of playing the first Dragon’s Dogma, mainly the enhanced Dark Arisen version, but I’ll be the first to admit that nothing stuck. I don’t remember hating it, but hadn’t really held enough love in my heart to make a return. Dragon’s Dogma 2 felt like the fresh start I needed, that…

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Princess Peach: Showtime! brings the beloved character to the main stage

It’s been a long time coming for Princess Peach to take the main stage in her own game. In a world where characters like Captain Toad and Luigi have their unique spin-off titles, the hype after the Super Mario Bros. Movie has certainly helped build hype for a title that fans of the Mushroom Kingdom…

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Rise of the Ronin merges fantastic combat with bloated open-world design

My past couple of weeks with Rise of the Ronin have left me feeling a little conflicted. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the logic of my mind and the feeling of my heart. In many ways, this is a true cut above developer Team Ninja’s previous efforts with something like Nioh. Its combat…

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Contra: Operation Galuga provides some safe, old-school fun

I’ve been a huge fan of the Contra series over the years, and still go back to the original when it pops up. Upon hearing that Contra: Operation Galuga would reimagine the first entry with some fresh visuals and gameplay, I was pumped. Contra: Operation Galuga is certainly a good time as far as 2D…

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WWE 2K24 stands out as one of the best wrestling titles in recent years

We all remember WWE 2K20. If you don’t, there isn’t much to see before you realise exactly why the franchise took some time off to revitalise and regroup. That being said, recent iterations have been much better for it, with WWE 2K24 wrapping up pretty much all there is to love about the sport and…

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Skull and Bones is short on story, but high on action

Ahoy, there mateys! Insert all the pirate puns here! The long-awaited Ubisoft open-world pirate adventure fans have clamouring for since 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is finally here. After lengthy delays, cancellations and then government grants forcing the game to see the light of day, we’re ready to sail the high seas. So after…

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth shows promise, but lacks the punch of its predecessor

When the Final Fantasy VII remake was initially announced, you could say it broke the internet. That original 1997 game changed the gaming landscape forever and hearing that it would be released to a new generation on a new platform made you feel like you were witnessing the second coming of Christ in gaming pop…

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong is nothing short of a fantastic remake

In the timeless clash between plumber and primate, Mario vs. Donkey Kong for 2024 revitalizes the classic rivalry with a fresh twist. This iteration earns its stripes with upgraded graphics, engaging cutscenes, and addictive puzzle gameplay that will please fans of both franchises. The Iconic Rivalry While we have seen Mario and DK team up…

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Helldivers 2 provides the humorous, light-hearted sci-fi fun we need right now

Helldivers 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the cult classic, has finally landed on both PlayStation 5 and PC, delivering intense action and strategic cooperative gameplay. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, this instalment brings significant changes, notably shifting from a top-down perspective to a first-person view. While this feels like a major departure from the…

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a haunting, yet wonderful tale of love and loss

I’ll be the first to admit that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden remained relatively low on my radar up until its release. It looked interesting but was yet to draw me in with anything I hadn’t seen before. I am now incredibly glad that I gave this a chance. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden borrows…

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Persona 3 Reload is a refined journey into darkness

Persona 3 Reload ultimately delivers a masterful refinement of a beloved classic, offering a compelling blend of dark themes, stylish visuals, and streamlined gameplay mechanics that work well in the 2024 gaming landscape. As a reimagined version of the iconic Persona 3, Reload doesn’t just revisit the past; it revitalises it, bringing the game to…

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Tekken 8 is one of the best entries in the franchise to date

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Tekken franchise. In fact, Tekken 3 was one of the first games I ever played, back when I got my original PlayStation all those years ago. Since then, I’ve stuck with the franchise, and while most entries have been good, not all have been great. Be it…

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