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Half-Life: Alyx finally has a release date

February 14, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx, the newest entry in Valve’s legendary Half-Life series, has set its release date. The first new Half-Life game in 13 years will launch on March 23, 2020. Valve revealed the release date via their official Twitter overnight, along with preorder bonuses for anyone who has purchased a Valve Index. The Index is Valve’s […]

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BioWare to rebuild Anthem from the ground up

February 11, 2020

BioWare has announced that it will be redesigning its embattled online shooter Anthem from the ground up. According to an official blog post from BioWare general manager Casey Hudson, the decision has been made to perform a larger overhaul of the entire game rather than focusing a series of smaller updates or expansion packs. Hudson […]

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Journey to the Savage Planet Review: Space oddity

February 10, 2020

In Journey to the Savage Planet, you are an explorer employed by Kindred Aerospace, the galaxy’s the 4th best interstellar exploration company. Your task is to explore the unknown planet ARY-26 in the hope that it can sustain human life. Theoretically, the job is a milk run. In practice, not that simple. A Sudden Stop […]

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War Review: Undead sharks and campy Hitler

February 7, 2020

Surviving a zombie apocalypse requires wit, intelligence, speed and strength. I know these things because I have survived many an undead doomsday scenario. Left 4 Dead, Dead Island, The House of the Dead, Deadrising, Resident Evil, The Last of Us, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, and – still my favourite – Dying Light (which gets extra […]

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Horizon Zero Dawn reportedly heading to PC

January 19, 2020

Horizon: Zero Dawn is heading to PC later this year, according to several sources familiar with Sony’s 2020 plans. Horizon: Zero Dawn released in 2017 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. A new IP developed by Guerilla Games, it was a critical and commercial success, and a major win for Sony. The news, first reported by […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 delayed into September

January 17, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed. Developer CD Projekt Red made the announcement via their official Twitter account. The post details the studio’s reasoning for the delay and what they hope to achieve by the new release date, September 17, 2020. We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you […]

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Marvel’s Avengers delayed to September

January 15, 2020

Crystal Dynamics has announced that Marvel’s Avengers will miss its May 15 release date. The game’s developer announced today that the game’s launch date has been pushed back to September 4, 2020. “When we set out to bring you our vision for Marvel’s Avengers, we committed to delivering an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and […]

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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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The AU Review’s Game of the Year 2019

December 17, 2019

It hasn’t been easy to choose as a Game of the Year for 2019. This has been a pivotal year for the games industry. With new consoles on the horizon, and several high profile AAA titles delaying into early 2020, independent games have been able to take the spotlight in a big way. The games […]

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The AU Review’s Game of the Year 2019: Runners Up

December 17, 2019

If you read over our Game of the Year list for 2019 and thought there were a few missing titles, there’s a reason for that. We simply can’t fit them all. In fact, there were so many great titles to come out in 2019 that we felt running a single list didn’t feel quite fair. […]

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We played Red Dead Redemption 2 on a $5000 laptop

December 2, 2019

The Asus Zenbook Pro Duo UX181GV is a legitimate monster. Two 4K touchscreens. A 9th Gen Intel i9 processor running at 2.4GHz, speed boosted up to a crazy 5.0GHz. A huge 32GB DDR4 RAM. A 1TB SSD. A 6GG GDDR6 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. One of the most powerful laptops I’ve ever encountered, […]

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Need For Speed: Heat Review: The Heat is on

November 25, 2019

The Need for Speed franchise is much as a staple of the racing genre as any other. From the high octane thrills of Hot Pursuit, to the halcyon days of Underground, and the epic, white-knuckle police chases of the highly regarded Most Wanted. A few rocky and undercooked entries have plagued the series in recent […]

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Death Stranding Review: Hideo Kojima vs The World

November 18, 2019

I don’t really know how to review a game like Death Stranding. Try as I might to collect my thoughts for review, it seems designed to defy critical appraisal at every turn. This may make it a work of high and complex art, a kind of long-form interactive Rorschach test, but I don’t know that […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review: The Force is Strong with This One

November 18, 2019

Like the galaxy, the library of Star Wars video games is incredibly vast. As a huge Star Wars fan, every new experience becomes an automatic purchase, the hope that each new title will be better than the last. A true digital representation of the Star Wars universe in the palm of my hands. While some […]

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Warcraft III Reforged Beta Impressions: Feels like home

November 11, 2019

Warcraft III has loomed large in my mind ever since its launch in 2002. A natural evolution of the real-time strategy games that birthed the franchise, Warcraft III turned the genre on its ear. The introduction of hero units, named characters more powerful than a typical soldier, made it unique within the genre. To see Blizzard […]

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Dell XPS 13 7390 Review: Style and substance

November 10, 2019

I like Dell’s range of XPS ultrabooks. They’re workhorse machines designed for portability and power in equal measure. The XPS 13 7390 iterates subtly on previous designs, projecting confidence in its look and feel. Spec sheet As work machines go, this one has a spec sheet with the works: a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 […]

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The Outer Worlds Review: Tales from the Outer Rim

November 8, 2019

For some time now, there’s been a growing sense that Bethesda has lost the thread of what made The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series’ so great. If you’ve been feeling the same way, it’s likely that The Outer Worlds will be game you’ve been hoping they would make. Bethesda didn’t make it, but it sure feels […]

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BlizzCon 2019: Overwatch 2 announced, adds new PvE

November 1, 2019

Blizzard Entertainment have announced Overwatch 2 during their annual BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California. The sequel to the team-based shooter that rocketed to global popularity in 2016, Overwatch 2 promises more heroes, more maps, more modes and a fully-flegded PvE mode. The newest PvP game mode is called Push. It features a large robot that […]

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BlizzCon 2019: Diablo 4 announced, returns to grimdark roots

November 1, 2019

Blizzard have announced Diablo 4 at BlizzCon 2019. Marking a return to the series grimdark, gothic horror roots, the publisher debuted both a cinematic trailer and a quick look at gameplay. The game’s look has clearly been inspired by Diablo 2, taking a sincere and “reverent approach” to design. There’s no changes to POV or […]

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BlizzCon 2019: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pits players against the old gods of Azeroth

November 1, 2019

The next expansion in the long-running World of Warcraft series is World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Sylvanas has taken the crown of the Lich King, crowning herself the Lich Queen and doubling down on her seemingly endless downward spiral into madness and destruction. With the doorway to afterlife torn wide open, the expansion will allow players […]

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered Review: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Okay

October 30, 2019

Ghostbusters: The Video Game launched in 2009 to great commercial and critical success, a rarity for a licensed game. It boasted an in-canon story following the events of Ghostbusters 2 and the entire original cast — Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and the late, great Harold Ramis — reprised their iconic roles. In today’s […]

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PAX Aus 2019: Biomutant feels like it could have been made in Australia

October 11, 2019

Biomutant was extremely weird, and the PAX build was rather janky but that didn’t change one important factor: I think I love it. Biomutant is a game about survival as a tiny mammalian mutant that looks a bit like a koala. Surviving on what seems to be a version of Earth that suffered some massive […]

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GRID Review: Smooth Cruisin’

October 8, 2019

While I don’t necessarily understand Codemasters decision to reboot GRID, their pedigree as a developer of skifully designed, fun as hell racing games means I’m willing to take their word for it. From the stellar Formula 1 series to the gritty tracks of Dirt Rally, I had to bite down on the creeping notion that […]

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Review: Out of the Wildlands

October 7, 2019

Right out the gate, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint frustrated me. For every step the franchise took forward it in this iteration, it seemed to be taking two steps back. There are things to love in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, such as the vast open world, cinematic story and tight gunplay, but thanks to a largely similar […]

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep review: Ghosts of the past

October 6, 2019

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is the first major expansion for the popular MMO shooter since developer Bungie’s split from Activision Blizzard in January. Though Bungie has maintained a parade of events and updates for the game throughout 2019, they set themselves a rather high bar to jump over with the new expansion. Here was what Bungie’s […]

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review: Learning from the greats

October 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair gets a lot of things right, and chief among them: it proves that the character platformer genre, the long-dead moneymaker of the 16-bit era, can still engage and excite in 2019. The original Yooka-Laylee was considered by most to be a good if unremarkable 3D platformer. Created by many of the […]

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Blasphemous review: Blood for the blood god

October 3, 2019

I’ve heard it suggested that the Dark Souls series is a modern take on the Metroidvania genre, and I generally think that’s correct. There are many parallels, from exploration and frequent backtracking, specific save locations, the memorisation of enemy patterns, slow power creep and subtle environmental storytelling. Developers The Game Kitchen have taken this comparison […]

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Interview: Ghost Recon Breakpoint Writer and Military Advisor Emil Daubon on story, realism and Jon Bernthal

October 2, 2019

With co-op shooter Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint right around the corner, we sat down with the game’s writer and military consultant Emil Daubon for a quick chat about narrative, authenticity, and the great Jon Bernthal.   Emil, so nice to be talking to you today! I am so excited for Ghost Recon Breakpoint, but before […]

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FIFA 20 Review: Good fundamentals

September 28, 2019

There’s no better herald of the end-of-year video game rush than the arrival of a new FIFA game, and arrive it does with FIFA 20. There is a specific audience for these games — bring up FIFA around a group of gamers and third of them will immediately lose interest, another third remain neutral, and the remaining third […]

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The Surge 2 Review: A satisfying, savage party

September 26, 2019

In today’s gaming landscape, you might be forgiven for never having heard of Dark Souls, but you would definitely be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t played a game either directly inspired or affected by it. Enter The Surge 2, a tactical hack- and-slash experience that follows hot off the heels of its predecessor, […]

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