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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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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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Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion Preview: Systems on

October 7, 2020

From the first, the biggest question I’ve had about Watch Dogs Legion was if it could capitalise on its ambitious concept. It presents a dystopian vision of London held hostage under a fascist paramilitary rule. DedSec, the prolific hacker collective is working to destabilise the regime but they’re having a rough go of it. Numbers […]

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WWE 2K Battlegrounds Review: A Shallow, Functional Brawler

September 24, 2020

As crammed as the name suggests, WWE 2K Battlegrounds introduces yet another entry to 2K’s “Grounds” series, off the heels of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The crux of these experiences revolves around the fact that they never take themselves too seriously. Over the top game play and stylised visuals keep this game from feeling like […]

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Review: The King has Returned

September 14, 2020

Oh how we’ve missed you, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. If you were a gamer in the mid to late 90’s, then you would have most definitely played a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, I’m sure of it. But before we get stuck into this review, let’s start off with a fun fact; the original Tony Hawk’s […]

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NBA 2K21 Review: Small Steps, Big Game

September 13, 2020

After a crazy year, it’s safe to say the NBA has followed suit, enduring a long suspension, resulting in the introduction of the NBA bubble, a facility located in Disneyland, Orlando, solely created to see through the completion of this season. It’s unfortunate that NBA 2K21 isn’t as much as a departure from the norm; […]

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No Straight Roads: Grab your sunnies, we’re going to Vinyl City

September 11, 2020

No Straight Roads is a rhythm-based, action-adventure game created by Malaysian-based studio Metronomik, created by two cool dudes who worked on Final Fantasy XV and Street Fighter V respectively. Rock your way through Vinyl City as Mayday and Duke to rid the world of the EDM empire! I’ve been looking forward to playing this game […]

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Marvel’s Avengers Review: World’s Greatest Grind

September 10, 2020

That Marvel’s Avengers released when it did could be considered great timing. With the MCU coming to a grinding halt, I was looking forward to this as a perfect replacement. But after a worrying beta filled with repetitive gameplay and awkward mission structure, Marvel’s Avengers left me with a few concerns. Its full release is […]

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UFC 4 Review: The best UFC game to date, but not for the reasons you think

September 1, 2020

Much of the foundation EA’s UFC series that was laid back in 2014 has developed nicely, but each sequel, while an improvement, felt like an authentic experience that frustrated fans, and alienated others. Solid mechanics and slick visuals impressed, but a clunky ground game left fans like myself, sticking to strikes and knockouts to avoid […]

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Project Cars 3 Review: Shifting Gears

August 31, 2020

My first few days with Project Cars 3 proved to be an incredibly polarising experience. I consider myself a true fan of racing sims, and while Project Cars 2 stands out as one of my favourites, Project Cars 3 does not; but not in the way you would think. It’s safe to say that Project […]

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NBA 2K21 Preview: Small Steps Forward

August 30, 2020

With the next generation of consoles looming, developer Visual Concepts has decided to shed some light on the current generation’s version of NBA 2K21, highlighting some new and improved features, updated modes and revamped locations. While much of the next-gen version is still under wraps, our sneak peak has given us a positive feeling about […]

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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition Preview: Got the life

August 27, 2020

Though still in production at the time of writing, the Mafia: Definitive Edition remaster feels like it’s stretched between two extremes. It wants to pay homage to a well-liked yarn, ensuring players in the modern era can still experience Tommy Angelo’s rise to power. But it also has to translate game design and mechanics from […]

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The AU’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Xbox Edition

August 25, 2020

The Xbox One is a console with serious Dad Energy, and we say that with love. It’s full of military shooters and high-quality racing sims, the kind of games that get dads of all stripes a touch excited. If you’ve run out of ideas for Father’s Day gifts, look no further. We’ve got this handy […]

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PGA Tour 2K21 Review: A Par is Born

August 23, 2020

Upon seeing PGA Tour 2K21’s reveal, I immediately thought back to all the great memories I had playing golfing games; a sport which I admittedly don’t care that much for. Be it Microsoft Golf, Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour, or even Outlaw Golf, (I bet you forgot that existed) there was something so satisfying about measuring […]

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Gotham Knights

WB Montreal reveals Gotham Knights at last

August 23, 2020

We finally know what WB Games Montreal has been working on all this time — Gotham Knights. The Batman: Arkham Origins studio has spent the last four years teasing a Batman game of their own creation. Now, all is revealed at last. The trailer, released this morning during the DC FanDome livestream, shows a world in […]

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Battletoads

Battletoads Review: Return of the weekend rental

August 20, 2020

There’s a lot I like about Dlala Games’ take on Battletoads, but there’s just as much that I don’t. The latest Battletoads arrives almost 20 years after the NES original. It’s a side-scrolling beat-em-up in the same vein as the original, but it makes several changes to the series’ formula that may not sit well […]

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Cyberpunk 2077

New Cyberpunk 2077 trailer digs into lifepaths, music and weaponry

August 11, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is now only three months away. The second episode of Night City Wire, a periodic web series by developer CD Projekt Red, debuted overnight. In this episode: Lifepaths, the music of Cyberpunk 2077 and getting to grips with weaponry. You can watch the full broadcast right here, or hit the embed below. Lifepaths […]

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PGA Tour 2K21

PGA Tour 2K21 Preview: The unlikely career of the malignant Clint Golfboy

August 10, 2020

After proving their bona fides with The Golf Club series, developer HB Studios has gone all in. PGA Tour 2K21 aims to return the humble golf sim to the glory days of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, with real-life courses and real-life golfers in the mix. Unline any of these real-life golfers, I am not very […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

This new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla EP is a viking symphony

August 8, 2020

Ubisoft has released a second EP of select tracks from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The EP, called The Ravens Saga, features music from composers Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two originals by Einar Selvik. Packed full of hard-edged strings, thunderous percussion and strident, chanting choirs, it is every inch a viking symphony. Kyd is […]

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Marvel’s Avengers Closed Beta Preview: Shouldering a heavy load

August 7, 2020

With the way Marvel’s MCU has come to dominate the movie landscape, and AAA superhero games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man breaking sales records, there’s been a lot of interest in Square Enix’s take on Marvel’s Avengers. We got our hands on roughly three hours of gameplay in this week’s Closed Beta, and while there’s plenty […]

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Hitman 3 to bring VR support across entire trilogy

August 7, 2020

Hitman 3 will bring PlayStation VR support to the entire World of Assassination trilogy. The VR trailer debuted during this morning’s PlayStation State of Play broadcast and gives a short but solid sample of what the game will look like in VR. Support will be applied retroactively to Hitman and Hitman 2 as well, so you can play […]

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Skater XL Review: Tricks, Trucks and Tumbles

August 6, 2020

If this generation has been missing a particular genre of note, it’s most definitely skateboarding games. You might find it hard to believe, but there was a time when these games ruled supreme, and Tony Hawk was a household name. The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series has remained dormant as of late (we don’t speak […]

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F1: 2020 Review: Back on the Podium

July 22, 2020

If my time spent playing countless racing games has taught me anything, it’s that they always have more to give. Whether it’s added modes, tighter controls, improved visuals and refined sound design, it seems as though there is always something to build towards. And much like the legends that have dominated the sport until now, […]

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Review: New Soap, Old Sponge

July 13, 2020

Upon its reveal, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom stood out in a sea of remakes and remasters. Here, among so many others, was one to look forward to, for the reason anyone looks forward to any remake: I have many fond memories of the original PS2/Xbox version. That said, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini […]

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Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 formally announced, coming in early 2021

July 13, 2020

Unceremoniously outed on the PlayStation Store earlier in the week, Ubisoft have formally announced Far Cry 6. Set in Latin America amid a moment of explosive revolution, players control a guerilla fighter named Dani Rojas. Dani is attempting to wrest control of their country from a ruthless dictator named Anton Castillo, played by Breaking Bad […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gets new trailer, launches November

July 13, 2020

A new deep dive into Assasin’s Creed Valhalla has premiered during today’s Ubisoft Forward broadcast. The trailer represents the first significant look at the game in action. It features a little bit of everything, from viking combat and raids, the construction of your new settlement and classic AC stealth. At every turn, the Saxons will […]

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Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion gets pair of new trailers

July 13, 2020

The first new look at Watch Dogs Legion since it was delayed earlier this year have arrived. Both new trailers debuted during this morning’s Ubisoft Forward broadcast. The first is a short film called Reclaim Your Future that paints a dystopian picture of the game’s vision of London. Between rapid-fire shots of police brutality and […]

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Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077’s new trailer gives most detailed look yet

June 29, 2020

Last week, CD Projekt Red debuted Night City Wire, a new web series dedicated to their upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. It aired very early in the morning here in Aus so there’s a chance you may have missed it. If so, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Hosted by CDPR UK’s head of communications Hollie […]

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Marvel's Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers gameplay blends Spider-Man with Destiny

June 25, 2020

A question that has dogged Marvel’s Avengers since it’s rocky unveiling at E3 2018 has been: What the hell is it exactly? During today’s Avengers War Table broadcast, developer Crystal Dynamics finally began to answer that question in detail. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes The short version? Its Spider-Man meets Destiny. If that sounds like an odd […]

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Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4 revealed at last, coming to PS4 and Xbox One

June 23, 2020

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been officially revealed. The game will become the fourth mainline entry in the series, and Activision’s first new Crash game in a decade. Back in time Crash Bandicoot 4 is canonically set after the end of Crash 3. When Naughty Dog departed the series, Crash had successfully locked […]

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