Yakuza Remastered Collection Review: Triple Threat

February 19, 2020

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is a watershed moment for Japan’s favourite video game crime drama. 15 years ago, you might never have heard of the Yakuza series. Today, it is beloved. The series has enjoyed a recent resurgence — a prequel in Yakuza Zero, remakes in Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2, a new game […]

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A last minute holiday gift guide for the lazy gamer

December 20, 2019

Time to admit it: you need a gift guide. It’s a few days to Chrimbo and you’ve only just realised because you’ve been playing Death Stranding. You’ll be at the shopping centre this weekend to see Star Wars which presents an opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping. But what do you get the […]

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Sega Mega Drive Mini Preview: The arcade at home

August 5, 2019

In the last few years, I’ve watched on as friends with happy, Super Nintendo-infused childhoods got to grips with the SNES Mini. The SNES Mini is a recreation of Nintendo’s legendary machine that is as elegant as it is functional — a curatorial showcase of its greatest titles, controllers that were made of the same […]

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Judgment Review: Shoeleather detective work

June 21, 2019

After almost 15 years of games buried deep in the criminal psyche, the Yakuza series makes an abrupt pivot to the other side of the law in Judgment, a spin-off title about a worn-down private detective working the mean streets of Kamurocho. A Japanese crime thriller with a few action and RPG aspects thrown in […]

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Team Sonic Racing Review: Go your own way, together

June 4, 2019

Sonic the Hedgehog’s been through a lot in the last twenty-five years. Repeated, flavourless sequels that cast a wide genre net have dogged the old blue blur, from 3D platformers to endless runners and puzzle games, and the less said about his upcoming movie the better. Team Sonic Racing is the third in Sega’s series […]

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Total War: Three Kingdoms blends historical respect with hard strategy

May 21, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms steeps Creative Assembly’s venerable strategy franchise in Chinese history for the first time in its nearly 20 year run. Its campaign broadly encompasses the story known as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a period when the Han Dynasty was on the wane, hurling the entire country into a bloody, 60-year […]

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Games Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4, 2018) is the weakest game in the series, and its still really good

August 30, 2018

I don’t know when it happened precisely, but at some time in the last few years I became a huge fan of the Yakuza series. If I weren’t working as a games critic, it’s likely I never would have played them. And to not have played them would have been a tremendous shame. The Yakuza […]

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Here are your free Xbox Games with Gold for September

August 30, 2018

This month’s free game haul for Xbox Live subscribers is a pretty solid one. This month sees the usual drop of four free titles, ranging from strategy to indies, family games and retro gems. So here’s what you get: Xbox One: Prison Architect — available Sept. 1 to 30 Livelock — available Sept. 16 to […]

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Games Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018): Must go faster

July 30, 2018

Look, I reviewed Sonic Mania when it launched last year. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in a series comprehensively and aggressively starved of it for decades. It was the kind of modern update that walks an incredibly fine line, paying homage to what came before and pushing the property forward […]

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Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool

June 1, 2018

I have bloviated at length on this website about my upbringing as a Sega kid. While the SNES dominated the market, those of us who chose the Sega life knew we had a machine with true gems among its library. The arcade-centric counterpart to the SNES’ far broader appeal, the Mega Drive did its own […]

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Games Review: Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia (PC, 2018): The shape of wars to come

May 7, 2018

Don’t let the new title fool you. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is still a fully-fledged entry in Creative Assembly’s long-running series of historical strategy games. But where older Total War titles have selected a particular real world empire or historical era to focus on, Total War Saga narrows its scope. It focuses not […]

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Games Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4, 2018): Stay strong

March 15, 2018

In the last twelve months, I’ve gone from having never played a Yakuza game to having played three of them and what I didn’t expect was for them to grow on me so quickly. This series has always felt very By Japanese People, For Japanese People, there’s so many cultural nods and gestures that don’t […]

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Games Hands On: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Takes the Fight to the Streets

February 5, 2018

In Yakuza 6, you can put a dude’s head into a microwave at a convenience store and have the store assistant fry him to death with the push of a button. Aside from being wildly impractical and likely causing lifelong trauma for all involved, the fatality underscores the inherent wildness and absurd humour of the […]

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Theme Hospital developers open new studio at Sega, announce spiritual successor

January 16, 2018

Former developers and artists from now defunct studios Bullfrog and Lionhead (Black & White, Fable)¬†have found a home at SEGA, launching their new outfit Two Point Studios. Their first title? A spiritual successor to¬†Theme Hospital, one one of Bullfrog’s most popular titles.

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The Opposite of a Rude Awakening: What the SNES Classic Mini taught me about being a Sega kid

January 7, 2018

At the beginning of my holiday break, I started working on a piece about using the SNES Classic Mini to play games I‚Äôd missed out on in my childhood as a Sega kid. The plan was to play each of these games and produce a few pars on each to illustrate the experience, how they […]

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Games Review: Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC, 2017) is as close to perfect as the series has ever been

September 26, 2017

The next time you have a creative project that you feel isn’t coming together quickly enough, I want you to remember that it took Creative Assembly 20 years of rigourous experimentation, honing the things that worked and pruning back the things that didn’t, to get their¬†Total War series to the point where it’s damned near […]

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Video Games Review: Yakuza Kiwami (PS4, 2017) is yet another blast from the video game past

September 11, 2017

Yakuza Kiwami¬†is the sum of every other game in the series. I don’t know that it would exist without every other game that has preceeded it (though I guess, if you want to be pedantic, most come¬†after it in the greater series timeline). What¬†Yakuza Kiwami can’t quite do is bring itself to be better than […]

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Video Games Review: Sonic Mania (Switch, 2016) is the first true Sonic game in nearly 25 years

August 17, 2017

Sonic Mania¬†is a gift. For Sega kids everywhere, it is a portal to your childhood. For long-suffering Sonic fans, it is a well overdue homecoming. It is proof that the¬†Sonic the Hedgehog¬†formula, abandoned in the Saturn era, is as fun, interesting and engaging as it was in the early 90’s. After nearly 25 years of […]

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Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

April 26, 2017

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III seems to¬†want to be all things to all people. Did you miss the base building from¬†DoW2? Good news, bases are back. Heroic units? Large-scale armies? All present and accounted for. It wants to be all things to all people (specifically fans of the DoW¬†series and tabletop game), and it […]

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Sonic Forces Reveals First Gameplay Footage

March 21, 2017

The first teaser for upcoming SEGA title, Sonic Forces has been revealed at the annual SXSW festival. The trailer features a break-neck journey through a city under siege, with Sonic dashing his way through a gorgeous landscape.

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Video Games Review: Yakuza 0 (PS4, 2017) is an engrossing, flawed, clever and defiantly Japanese experience

January 23, 2017

Yakuza 0¬†is the latest addition to SEGA’s long-running series of adventure games set in the Japanese criminal underworld. A prequel to the 2005 original,¬†Yakuza 0¬†is all about how series mainstay Kazuma Kiryu began his bloody career in the mob.

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Video Games Review: Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS, 2016)

November 25, 2016

Nostalgia never dies, and is almost always a completely viable way to market something. That notion has been proven by Nintendo time and time again, and while riffing on past triumphs may have worked to the brand’s detriment at times, no one can deny the joy of being able to revisit your childhood through gaming. […]

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SEGA announces new Daytona, will return venerable racer to arcades

November 3, 2016

For a generation of kids in the 90’s, the act of going to the movies demanded that certain rituals be observed: You would call ahead and listen to the voicemail read out the session times. Choc top ice creams needed to be purchased and consumed before the trailers began (this remains true today). Finally, a […]

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Sega 3D Classics Collection is coming to Australia!

August 17, 2016

The Sega¬†3D Classics Collection¬†is finally coming to Australia for the Nintendo 3DS, complete with previously unreleased games. The collection (which until now was only available in Japan) boasts nine classic games from the Sega¬†Mega Drive, GigaDrive and Master System including Sonic The Hedgehog, Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force II and Altered Beast – all given the […]

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Melbourne: Celebrate the Rio Olympics at ACMI’s RETROLYMPIAD **Correction**

July 6, 2016

With the Rio Olympics right around the corner, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne is hosting a night of food, drink, live music and retro Olympic themed video games.

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Video Games Review: Total War: Warhammer (PC, 2016)

June 3, 2016

Total War: Warhammer feels like a branding match made in heaven, the deep strategy of the¬†Total War series combined with the colourful lore and units of Games Workshop’s venerable tabletop strategy game. It’s a wonder¬†it took this long to come about. Here’s the rub though:¬†it suffers from the same simple issue that has plagued every […]

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Tokyo Game Show 2015: Yakuza remaster coming to PS3 and PS4, Yakuza 6 happening also

September 15, 2015

Sega have announced during Sony’s pre-TGS 2015 press event that a remaster of their original Japanese crime adventure¬†Yakuza (called¬†Ryo Ga Gotoku at home) is on its way to PS3 and PS4 in Japan this year.

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Games Review: Alien Isolation (Xbox One, 2014)

October 15, 2014

When The Creative Assembly (the Total War series) announced their decision to create a survival horror game based on Ridley Scott‚Äôs 1979 sci fi masterpiece Alien, the sour taste of Aliens: Colonial Marines was still strong in our mouths. It was difficult to view the decision as anything other than a profound mistake. Thankfully, The […]

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