2024

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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Everything announced at the June 2024 Nintendo Direct

Nintendo has brought along with them a heap of announcements this week for their June 2024 Nintendo Direct stream. While there’s something for everyone, I feel like there are a few things here we’ve been dying to see for some time now. Let’s jump right in. METROID PRIME 4: BEYOND MARIO & LUIGI: BROTHERSHIP 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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Home Cooking & Sweet Treats Show is set to cook up a storm in Melbourne!

Things are heating up in the kitchen, with just two weeks to go till the Home Cooking Show and Cake, Bake, and Sweets Show come to Melbourne for a weekend of workshops, recipes, demonstrations, hands-on experiences and, of course, plenty of food and drink. The show will run from July 5th to 7th at the…

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Everything announced at Xbox Games Showcase 2024

Summer Game Fest 2024 rolls on with Xbox joining the long lists of announcements and shows over the past few days. While Xbox did tack on their latest purchase here with a Call of Duty Black Ops 6 mini showcase, we’ve included every announcement from the show for your convenience below. Enjoy! CALL OF DUTY…

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The ROG Ally X has been announced and is coming to Australia

Asus has announced the Asus ROG Ally X is coming to Australia with pre-orders starting today. The upgraded version of the ROG Ally features the same AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, but we’ll now see an increase in battery life, RAM and storage along with a brand-new chassis that improves the ergonomics, cooling and connectivity….

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Sunset Boulevard brings Hollywood to Melbourne

Melbourne’s oldest and grandest venue, the Princess Theatre was transformed into Hollywood Glamour on Wednesday night as the city welcomed the return of the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard presented by Opera Australia & GWB Entertainment by arrangement with The Really Useful Group. With a dazzling red carpet, free-flowing champagne on a glamorous bar that…

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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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The Asus Zenbook Duo might just be the best all-around laptops of 2024

Dual-screen laptops have been a hot commodity, and while there have been many attempts to make a practical and user-friendly model, there hasn’t been one that has worked as well as intended, in addition to looking somewhat ridiculous (like the HP Omen X 2S). Fortunately, Asus has delivered the first completely practical, beautiful, and stylish…

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows revealed along with cinematic trailer

The long-awaited samurai-inspired Assassin’s Creed title, previously codenamed Assassin’s Creed Red, has now been officially revealed as Assassin’s Creed Shadows. With the recent success of games like Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, we do not doubt that the ceiling for this new Assassin’s Creed entry is certainly high. Check out the new…

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Funko Fusion is set launch later this year

I’ll admit it; I own way too many Funko Pops! But I would also be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the idea of this. It feels like a long time coming, what with LEGO getting as many games in each of these unique franchises over almost two decades, but the iconic vinyl…

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DreamHack Melbourne 2024: Our top 5 takeaways

DreamHack celebrated its third year in Melbourne with a three-day event covering e-sports, gaming, tabletop, tech and pop culture. Hosted at Rod Laver Arena, the festival which started out as primarily e-sports focused, has really found its stride this year, carving its own identity and fostering a place for communities to grow and nurture, along…

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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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The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds provide a sleek design and solid battery life

OPPO might make some decent smartphones across multiple price points, but it’s worth noting, that they’ve gotten pretty good at earphones too. We checked out the Enco X2 earbuds last year and were pleasantly surprised. Put it this way; I still use them as my daily drivers. The OPPO Enco Buds2 Pro earbuds might sound…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Nintendo’s new Indie World Showcase took place overnight, highlighting some impressive smaller titles that certainly deserve the hype. We’ve wrapped up all the announcements and accompanying trailers for your convenience below. Enjoy! Little Kitty, Big City Steamworld Heist II Europa Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate Cat Quest III Yars Rising Valley Peaks Sticky Business…

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Matt Bell explores Melbourne’s haunted dating spots in Dead To Me – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If like me, you wondered how walking around haunted spots in the Melbourne CBD would make the perfect backdrop for a comedy show could possibly ever work, you will be happy to know walking and laughing is the perfect way to spend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2024.  Our host is comedian and bachelor…

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DreamHack returns to Melbourne this April, tickets on sale Thursday

DreamHack returns to Melbourne in April this year and is well-known for hosting a wide range of esports competitions, from open-entry tournaments to some of the more elite competitions, which will be held in Margaret Court Arena. Games like Counter-Strike 2 will be on display, while League of Legends Circuit Oceania will host its Grand Final live on…

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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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Game On Cancer giveaway returns in March with over 400 prizes on offer

The Great Game on Cancer Giveaway has returned with more than 400 prizes on offer, valued at more than $30,000. The event will run from the 1st to the 31st of March and anyone who donates AUD $50 or more, will get a prize value at $50 or more, randomly selected from a pool of…

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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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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Direct February 2024 Partner Showcase

Nintendo came out yet again with a new showcase based primarily around third-party reveals, along with a few fan-favourite Xbox games that are on their way to the Switch. Here’s every announcement below: EPIC MICKEY IS BEING REMASTERED WORLD OF GOO 2 PENTIMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SWITCH GROUNDED IS THE SECOND XBOX…

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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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Herb & Chilli Festival to return to the Yarra Valley for 2024

The Herb & Chilli Festival is gearing up to return to the Yarra Valley next month. Returning for its 12th year, the annual celebration brings a weekend of live music, entertainment, beautiful local food and, of course, mouth-burning chilli experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Set inside the Lovely Nursery in the gorgeous Yarra Valley,…

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The Shark Cordless Detect Pro Vacuum is a lightweight wonder

When it comes to cordless stick vacuums, my needs are relatively basic. Good suction and decent battery life are usually enough to complete the job. While I mean no disrespect to my current stick vacuum, the Shark Cordless Detect Pro has blown my expectations out of the water. Complete with its auto-emptying station, lightweight design…

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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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WWE 2K24 announced, will celebrate 40 years of WrestleMania

2K has announced this morning that the next instalment in the popular wresting series will be WWE 2K24. It will also highlight 40 years of WrestleMania, along with iconic superstars via a new 2K Showcase mode. “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes has also been revealed as the cover star for the Standard Edition, while multi-time…

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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown excels as a fast and energetic platformer

The Prince of Persia franchise might have been in hibernation for the past few years, but there’s no doubt that Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, the latest entry in the franchise, looked to bring things back to the old school. With the franchise beginning back in 1989 as a 2D side-scrolling adventure, it’s simply…

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Game Review: The Last of Us Part II Remastered is an essential upgrade

After the success of recent PS5 remakes like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Last of Us Part 1, it was inevitable that a full upgrade of The Last of Us Part II was on its way for the PlayStation 5. Fortunately, this time around it comes with an A$20 upgrade price tag for existing…

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Interview: Ubisoft Producer Abdelhak Elguess on Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and its newest features

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is right around the corner, bringing with it the return of an age-old franchise with some new tricks up its sleeve. We got the chance to speak to Abdelhak Elguess, Producer at Ubisoft, about the upcoming game and its newest features. Thank you Abdelhak for taking the time to…

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