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Outriders

Outriders Review: A Top-Tier Looter Shooter

April 11, 2021

From the moment we played the Outriders demo, our impression was of a functional and addictive looter shooter. Strong shooting and interesting powers overshadowed the demo’s repetitive mission structures and unrewarding grind. These are, of course, issues that affect the best in the genre. And, as a complete package, Outriders does indeed reflect the best […]

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Disco Elysium refused classification

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut refused classification in Australia

March 19, 2021

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. The ban comes a little over a week ahead of the game’s March 30th release date. Refusal to give the game a classification — a rating from G to R18+ — effectively bans the game from sale here. The ruling was handed […]

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Square Enix Presents

Every trailer from today’s Square Enix Presents broadcast

March 19, 2021

The first-ever Square Enix Presents broadcast arrived early this morning, showing off a raft of new games from one of the world’s most beloved third-party publishers. Before you get too excited: there were no Final Fantasy announcements to be found. Indeed, the show ran surprisingly low on the JRPG’s that are Square’s bread and butter. However, […]

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PlayStation EVO

PlayStation acquires EVO fighting game tournament, drops 2021 dates

March 19, 2021

Sony announced this morning that it has acquired the Evolution Championship Series, the biggest fighting game tournament in the world. Fans and contestants simply call it EVO. Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS, an esports startup under Endeavour, have acquired the “assets and properties” of the EVO tournament. From today, all future EVO events become PlayStation […]

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Outriders

Outriders Demo Impressions: A Strong Start

March 15, 2021

On the surface, Outriders may seem like your average looter shooter. In many ways, it is. Outriders feels like an iteration of recent looter shooter RPG titles like Destiny 2 or The Division. It’s filled with mechanics and systems we’ve seen many times before. In saying that, there is still plenty to love about Outriders’ […]

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Fornite Lazarbeam

Fortnite‘s Lazarbeam skin puts the humble Aussie tradie in the spotlight

March 3, 2021

Fortnite adds cool new skins every other day, but the Lazarbeam skin is especially cool. The newest in the Icon Series line features Australian YouTuber Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott in quintessential tradie garb. When real-world Fortnite players like fellow Aussies Loserfruit and Lachlan have their likenesses recreated in-game, they opt for a fashionable look. Cool clothes, […]

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Fall Guys

Epic Games acquires Fall Guys developer Mediatonic

March 3, 2021

Epic Games has formally acquired Tonic Games Group, the company behind Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. News of the acquisition came via Epic’s official blog, with a promise to players that “your gameplay isn’t changing and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms.” To wit, the current […]

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PlayStation Play At Home

PlayStation Play At Home returns, drops free games over four months

February 25, 2021

PlayStation has confirmed that its Play At Home initiative will continue in 2021. At the height of lockdown delirium in 2020, PlayStation launched the program by giving Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey away for free for two consecutive months. This time around, the program will run from March to June and will give […]

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PlayStation VR PS5

Sony announces next-gen PlayStation VR headset coming to PS5

February 25, 2021

Most were not expecting Sony to announce a PS5 iteration of its PlayStation VR headset. Announce it they did though, via the official PlayStation blog. Sony confirmed that work is underway on a next-gen PlayStation VR headset for the PS5. The headset promises significant performance improvements on the current model. One of the most significant […]

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State of Play

Where to see tomorrow’s State of Play in Australian times

February 25, 2021

The latest PlayStation State of Play broadcast kicks off on Friday, February 26. But what time can you expect to see in your neck of the woods? See below for when you can see the new State of Play in Australian times.   NSW, VIC, TAS 9AM AEDT Viewers in NSW, VIC and TAS will […]

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State of Play

First PlayStation State of Play broadcast of 2021 set for Friday

February 25, 2021

The first PlayStation State of Play broadcast of 2021 will stream on Friday morning, February 26. News of the broadcast came among a raft of PlayStation news yesterday. First, a brand new PlayStation VR headset underway at the hardware maker. Then, the next stage of its PlayStation At Home initiative was announced. Finally, the news […]

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Destruction AllStars

Destruction AllStars Review: Return of the weekend rental

February 12, 2021

In a year like 2021, I think Destruction AllStars is the video game vibe we may all be looking for. Last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons gave us solace, somewhere peaceful to retreat to as the world fell apart. Among Us would later change that vibe to something more aggressive. It allowed us to reconnect through […]

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart launching in June, drops brand new trailer

February 12, 2021

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has a release date. Insomniac’s latest will arrive June 11, 2021, according to a new post on the official PlayStation Blog. “When the evil Dr. Nefarious uses a device that can access alternate dimensions to find a galaxy where he always wins, Ratchet and Clank are separated,” the post reads. […]

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Hitman 3 Review: Mission complete

January 20, 2021

Three years have passed since Square Enix abruptly cut ties with Hitman 3 developer IO Interactive. The good news is that there appears to have been some measure of reconciliation. Though IO is self-publishing Hitman 3 in many territories, Square Enix is the publishing partner for Hitman 3 in Oceania. Without getting into specifics, reconciliation […]

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PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 Review: Welcome to the new age

December 3, 2020

The PlayStation 5 is the direct successor to the most successful video game console of all time. Success has been Sony’s watchword for the past seven years as its popular PlayStation 4 smashed industry records. It seemed that the system could do no wrong. A library of smash-hit first-party titles. A design that still feels […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review: True to Tradition, Through Thick and Thin

December 3, 2020

Like the sudden lift in temperature that tells you summer is on its way, the arrival of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tells you exactly what time of year it is. Developer Treyarch takes its flagship Call of Duty series to the early 1980’s, determined to bring down the iron curtain with nothing but […]

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless Review: Long name, strong sound

December 2, 2020

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless has one of the longer names of any headphones I’ve ever reviewed. It’s also one of the most well-appointed, no-fuss, next-gen ready gaming headsets on the market right now. HyperX is a PC peripheral maker that likes to keep things simple. It prefers clean designs, good build quality, and […]

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Immortals: Fenyx Rising Review: Next to godliness

December 1, 2020

Immortals Fenyx RIsing learned a lot from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is not to say it should be compared to BotW — those comparisons don’t go very far and would be unfair at best. Immortals uses BotW’s mechanical trappings as a platform to say something else. It isn’t interested in a […]

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Watch Cyberpunk 2077 in action on Playstation 4 Pro and PS5 via backwards compatibility

November 26, 2020

Inching closer to the long-awaited release of the game of the year, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt has dropped a new taster of gameplay. The new footage features a look at PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 versions through backwards compatibility, the 6-minute gameplay captures a section of the Nomad Lifepath, one of three playable […]

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Interview: Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War devs on next-gen, and what’s next

November 14, 2020

We recently sat down with a number developers from the Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War team at Treyarch and Raven Software. Among them: Lead Game Designer Matt Scronce, Lead Designer on weapons, equipment and gameplay Tony Flame, and Creative Director at Raven Dan Vondrak, whose team crafted this year’s campaign. Our conversation touched […]

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Interview: Visual Concept’s Erick Boenisch and Mike Wang Outline NBA 2K21‘s New Next-Gen Modes

November 11, 2020

We recently had the chance to chat to Executive Producer Erick Boenisch and Gameplay Director Mike Wang of Visual Concepts to outline some of the new modes and mechanics making their way to the next-generation build of NBA 2K21. Built from the ground up, this edition will bring with it a deeper WNBA presence in […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Review: An axe to the face is not very stealthy

November 9, 2020

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a game that feels like it’s a little at war with itself. The intersection of its warring Viking heroes and its lineage as a stealth-centric action title are at odds with each other. While it works hard to bridge that philosophical divide, this dissonance suffuses the entire game and ultimately weakens […]

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Review: A Web of Style and Substance

November 9, 2020

Spider-Man is my favourite Marvel superhero, and because Miles Morales is also Spider-Man, he’s my favourite too. Miles’ first appearance was in Ultimate Fallout #4 in August 2011. Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, the character struck an immediate chord with readers. His popularity was a bit of a surprise — […]

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NBA 2K21 Introduces ‘The W’ for the Next Generation

November 5, 2020

NBA 2K21’s next generation counterpart will be introducing ‘The W’, a new portion of the game dedicated to the WNBA. Narrated by WNBA legend Candace Parker, the trailer revealed a new fully fledged career mode, which allows players to take their own custom created character through the ranks of the WNBA. It’s worth noting that […]

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Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion Review: Life hacked

October 28, 2020

Watch Dogs Legion feels like the game the series has been striving to become since its inception. It’s a game with some of the biggest, boldest ideas to come out of Ubisoft in years. It is also a game that has clearly had to make some concessions in order to execute on these ideas. Merry […]

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Assassin's Creed

Netflix announces Assassin’s Creed live action series

October 28, 2020

Netflix has announced a new live action original series based on Assassin’s Creed. It will work with game publisher Ubisoft to create AC shows across live action, animation, and anime, Deadline reports. Executive producers Jason Altman and Danielle Krenik from Ubisoft Film & Television currently oversee the project. It is on the hunt for a […]

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Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again, if you can believe it

October 28, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed. Again. Its release date moves from November 19 to December 10. According to developer CD Projekt Red, the reason for the delay has to do with quality assurance. Currently, as many as nine internal builds of Cyberpunk 2077 require testing for compatibility and optimisation. This is a lot of work, […]

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Immortals: Fenyx Rising Preview: Wild at heart

October 23, 2020

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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PS5 UI

We now know what the PS5 UI looks like

October 16, 2020

One of the biggest remaining questions for Sony ahead of its next big console launch was “What does the PS5 UI look like?” Sony finally got around to answering it last night during the latest State of Play broadcast. Respect the classics Visually, the PS5 UI bears quite a few similarities to the PS4’s menu, […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Preview: Stealth is for the weak

October 15, 2020

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a game named for the grand hall of the slain in Norse mythology, a beautiful place where fallen warriors arrive after death. Perhaps as a contrast, the game is set in the rainy, muddy, utterly miserable north of Britain in the year 873 CE. At the time the Vikings crossed into […]

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