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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review: Welcome Back, Old Friend

November 3, 2019

12 years after its original release, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is still considered by many to be the best entry in the series. Developer Infinity Ward has grappled with its legacy ever since, trying to recapture the aspects of the game that made it a hit. In 2019, the roundabout of Call of Duty developers has […]

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Infinity Ward’s Dino Verano on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, producer life and the value of a community beta

September 26, 2019

Dino Verano has a long career in games, working as a producer on numerous Activision titles. He’s also someone who understands the value of community in helping to polish and balance a game ahead of launch thanks to his prior career in quality assurance. Now a producer and team lead on Infinity Ward’s Call of […]

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review: Nostalgia on the go

September 11, 2019

Like most gamers of the 90’s, Spyro thje Dragon was one of the first ever games I’ve ever played and when the Spyro Reignited Trilogy was announced I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Until it was only released for the PS4 and Xbox One (versions we’ve previously reviewed). Having only Nintendo Switch […]

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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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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launching October 25

May 30, 2019

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is fondly remembered as one of the best first person shooter titles ever made. One of the first examples of the series taking its single player campaign into full-blown Hollywood blockbuster territory, it also featured a multiplayer component that ranks among the series best. It spawned two popular sequels […]

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review: Difficult in a different way

March 21, 2019

The more of them I play, the more I’ve come to understand that From Software’s catalogue of games are not for me. My Souls-loving friends assure me there will be a moment of clarity, a a beautiful instant suspended in time where the final piece of the Souls puzzle snaps into place. In that moment, they say […]

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Activision Blizzard sacks 8% of its workforce despite “record” revenues

February 12, 2019

Activision Blizzard has laid off 800 people, a total 8% of the company’s entire workforce after ~only~ making an extra $100 million in profit last year. As retrenched employees began to tweet that they were out of a job, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told shareholders the company had experienced a record year, raking in […]

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Games Review: Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PS4, 2018) is Lit, Fam

November 19, 2018

Everybody’s favourite flaming 90’s mascot is back (again) in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a collection of the first three entries in the franchise (and the only ones worth playing). Charting Spyro’s adventures across the Dragon Kingdom, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, the trilogy is presented in shiny remastered format, breathing life back into what had become […]

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Rolling out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 early for patches was a great idea — and it should happen more often

October 20, 2018

Last week, something occurred in the AAA gaming space that you don’t see every day. Players who pre-order their games digitally across Xbox, PC and PS4 are often extended the luxury of preloading games. Preloading is the process of downloading a game prior to its street date. You can’t play a pre-loaded game right away, the […]

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Games Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s pivot to multiplayer-only is just what the field medic ordered

October 20, 2018

I’m going to open this review with a comparison that may lose some of you right away. Sometimes, in order to learn and grow in a meaningful way, we have to cut a significant part of ourselves off. It may take us a while to work up the courage to make that change, it may […]

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Games Review: Destiny 2: Forsaken (PS4, 2018) is the expansion you’ve been waiting for

October 1, 2018

It’s been three weeks since Forsaken, the latest expansion for Destiny 2 launched, and in many ways I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the enormity of it. I’ve got a life outside of my work on this website — I have a side job, I have obligations to friends and family, I have […]

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Numskull Designs Launches Nostalgia-Filled Spyro the Dragon Merchandise Line

August 19, 2018

Everybody’s favourite purple dragon is set to receive a wave of brand new themed merchandise in the lead up to November’s Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The collection includes a range of items including wallets, purses, pins, notebooks and apparel, including a t-shirt, hat, beanie and watch.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Private Beta hints at a series ready to reinvent itself in little ways

August 15, 2018

Call of Duty is a franchise you either love or hate, there doesn’t seem to be much in between. There are a few reasons for this. It’s home to one of the most aggressive, toxic communities in gaming. It found its niche as a multiplayer twitch shooter years ago and hasn’t felt much need to […]

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I Nearly Shed a Tear While Playing The Spyro Reignited Trilogy

July 1, 2018

Growing up, I played the Spyro and Crash trilogies annually. It was a family tradition that had long fallen by the wayside in the wake of jobs, university studies and adult responsibilities. When the Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy was released, the tradition was revived, and many great hours were spent pouring over the remarkable and […]

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Supanova Interview: Gaming God Nolan North talks about his beginning, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and clowns

June 12, 2018

I shouldn’t have to say who Nolan North is, but for those few uninitiated, if you have ever played a video game in the last 25 years, there is a very big chance Nolan North voiced something or someone in that game. Nolan has been around the TV, Film and Gaming industry since 1997, first […]

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E3 2018: From Software’s next game is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

June 10, 2018

From Software are working with Activision on a samurai epic. The game was announced this morning during the Xbox E3 press briefing.

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Destiny 2: Forsaken drops September 4, aims to turn this spaceship around

June 5, 2018

It’s been a rough first year for Destiny 2. Despite a strong launch, its first two expansion packs — Curse of Osiris and last month’s Warmind — mostly failed to impress the community. Bungie has some work to do if they want to restore player confidence and, if the trailer for the September expac, Forsaken, […]

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Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot

May 17, 2018

Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, wasn’t a complete disaster but it sure as hell wasn’t a good move either. Already losing players to battle royale juggernauts of PUBG and Fortnite, Osiris cost the game a lot of momentum after a strong launch. A good chunk of content and activities were placed behind Osiris’ paywall and […]

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Activision finally confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

March 8, 2018

After several days of leaks, some rather obviously “leaked “by PR and others genuinely leaked from sources close to the developer, Activision have finally confirmed that this year’s installment in the Call of Duty series will be Black Ops 4.

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Rumour: Spyro the Dragon Trilogy to Receive PS4 Remaster?

February 14, 2018

Last year, I wrote about how classic remasters are effectively ‘killing the business’. Yet when Sony announced its MediEvil remaster, I was forced to eat my own words — the pure excitement overrode any concerns about the dangers of nostalgia.

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Games Review: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS4, 2017): A pile of weird decisions

December 12, 2017

There’s almost no reason for you to play Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris. I’ve tried to find a nicer way to frame the expansion’s futile attempts at justifying its own existence but there’s no getting around it. In a game as massive as Destiny 2, especially one that is designed to keep players coming back, […]

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Games Review: Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One X, 2017): A welcome return to form

November 9, 2017

What is this sensation I’m feeling? Is it … enjoyment? Am I actually having fun with a Call of Duty game again? I think I am! My god, it’s been a while.

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EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one

October 10, 2017

This weekend saw the EB Expo return to its roots, overtaking the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in five years. It was, by all accounts, a successful homecoming.

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Video Games Review: Destiny 2 (PS4, 2017) files down many of the original’s rougher edges

September 19, 2017

Destiny was the first game I reviewed for this site, back when the games section was still called VideAU Games, an offshoot of The Iris‘ parent site, The AU Review. On launch, it was an ambitious but deeply flawed experiment in the MMO space, hyped beyond almost any other game in recent memory. It weathered two major […]

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Destiny 2 running at 60fps in 4K is blowing our minds

August 15, 2017

Bungie has released a new trailer for the upcoming Destiny 2 PC open beta and, because they clearly know what the PC master race values most, it can be cranked all the way up to 60-frames-per-second 4K and enjoyed in all its high res glory.

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Activision is charging $70 AUD for the standalone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remaster

June 26, 2017

The remastered edition of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will hit store shelves as a standalone release tomorrow. Despite being a ten year old game and functionally unchanged beyond the fresh coat of paint, Activision has given it an RRP of $70 AUD.

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E3 2017: Hands On: Destiny 2 (PS4, 2017)

June 16, 2017

My overriding impression of Destiny 2, admittedly accrued from a period of only thirty minutes, is that it is very similar to the original Destiny. This assertion will be cause for either concern or elation depending on how much you already like Destiny. 

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Gear up, Guardian: Bungie announces Destiny 2

March 28, 2017

Destiny 2 is the official title of the sequel to Bungie’s monster hit MMO shooter Destiny. The developer took to the game’s official Twitter account to put an end to rumours that began to swirl last week.

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Ubisoft acquires Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyle Games

January 18, 2017

Ubisoft have acquired FreeStyle Games, the developer behind Activision music titles DJ Hero and 2015’s Guitar Hero Live. Ubi announced the acquisition overnight in a post on their official blog, along with the developer’s new name, Ubisoft Leamington.

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Gamescom 2016: Activision announces release dates for new Call of Duty, Skylanders and Destiny

August 18, 2016

Activision has announced its line-up of game release news at Gamescom 2016, including Call of Duty: Infinite Warfares – Zombie in Spaceland, Skylanders Imaginators and Destiny: Rise of Iron.  Call of Duty: Infinite Warfares – Zombie in Spaceland takes players and zombies to a 1980’s theme park. Players will be able to kill the zombie […]

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