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October 21, 2017

With just a few days to go, Super Mario Odyssey is about to make waves across the gaming world providing what looks to be a stunning AAA title for the Nintendo Switch’s 2017 holiday season. We’ve seen plenty of advertising this time around, with events across cities including Mario having a Nintendo Switch booth set up outside the MCG for the AFL Grand Final week, and now the game’s soundtrack can be purchased on iTunes. By following this link, you can purchase the Super Mario Odyssey theme song “Jump Up, Super Star!” for $1.29USD from the iTunes store. The song w...

October 11, 2017

First we showed you what was in the collectors editions, and now we can reveal what’s in the Assassin’s Creed Origins Season Pass. There will be four packs coming for Season Pass holders, two this year and two major expansions set for the beginning of 2018. Firstly the Roman Centurion Pack and Horus Pack will grant you outfits, mounts, shields and weapons and will be available in November, but the real Season Pass content is launching in January and March 2018 respectively. The Hidden Ones takes place years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins in a new region occupied by...

October 11, 2017

ZeniMax Online has today finally revealed The Elder Scrolls Online Clockwork City release date. The DLC along with Horns of the Reach were originally revealed as large DLC packs coming to ESO when the...

October 10, 2017

Cuphead has been teased for a number of years. Since its announcement at E3 2014, more footage and gameplay has been shown off each year wetting the appetites of those craving a nostalgic 1930s cartoon. Indeed, the artstyle is what grabs your immediate attention but Cuphead also plays incredibly well, has been fine tuned to the smallest detail, and is a worthy addition to any gamer’s collection. Cuphead’s story is presented in the form of a children’s book, with still images setting the scene and text describing the adventure unfolding for brothers Cuphead and Mugman. The duo are enjoyin...

October 8, 2017

EA’s take on Star Wars Battlefront received mixed reception when it was released in 2015. The game didn’t quite capture the same feeling of Pandemic’s originals, and comparisons were made to EA’s Battlefield franchise. Of particular note, the game had a lack of depth, no single-player campaign, and generally felt geared towards the casual market. EA and developer DICE have been persistent however, and with 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II the companies are aiming to rectify much of the criticisms of the 2015 release. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t been paying too much attention...

October 5, 2017

Ubisoft has today revealed via a blog post the minimum and recommended requirements for the Assassin’s Creed Origins PC specs. Interestingly the recommended requirements only need a 3rd generati...

September 28, 2017

Assassin’s Creed games have been renowned for capturing key moments in history and tying it in with an Assassins vs Templars storyline, but now Ubisoft has realised they can use their historic recreations for a far more educational purpose. Enter Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour: an interactive journey through ancient Egypt complete with tour guides and historically accurate information, all delivered in the vast luscious open lively world of Assassin’s Creed Origins. In a blog post on the official Ubisoft website, Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour is offic...

September 20, 2017

It’s still hard to believe that only nine months ago we were shown Super Mario Odyssey for the first time and now there’s only a month to go until it’s in our hands. Following in the nearly forgotten footsteps of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, Odyssey promises to be a Mario game that we haven’t seen in two console generations. Sandbox worlds ready to explore, multiple objectives to complete, hidden secrets to discover and, of course, that trademark Mario charm to experience. I recently had the chance to go hands-on with three of the game’s Kingdoms and walked away believing...

September 20, 2017

At Xbox’s showcase event for the Xbox One X earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go hands-on with a game I’ve been trying to go hands-on with for years now – Cuphead. At every event I’ve seen it at, since it’s started to become available to play, it’s always been one of the indie titles that draws the largest crowd, with the longest waits. It’s not hard to see why, as the game’s art style is utterly unique, drawing up on 1930’s Fleischer-era cartoons. It’s been seven years in the making, and three years since it was initiall...

September 15, 2017

Another day, another Assassin’s Creed Origins trailer, this time featuring the Order of the Ancients. Explore ancient Egypt and discover that you can’t sit and do nothing while your countr...

September 12, 2017

Nintendo has announced a brand new Nintendo Direct will be coming on September 14 at 8am AEST. The Direct is set to be about 45mins long, significantly longer than Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation...

September 5, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts have been playing world wide since January 2012. Originally conceived as a limited run to celebrate the Zelda franchise’s 25th anniversary, it has now lived to see the series run past the the 30-year mark and has been updated accordingly. Not only is Breath of the Wild featured in the concert, but footage from the re-releases on 3DS and Wii U is also used which helps bring the concert into the next generation. But you’re not there for the footage. While it certainly helps trigger memories of all those locations, characters and battles...

August 28, 2017

When Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was first leaked on the internet gamers were in disbelief. Nintendo have historically been protective of their franchises, and of all things a Mario and Rabbids crossover seemed like an odd choice. Fast forward to E3 this year and it was obvious Ubisoft and Nintendo knew what they were doing. The two franchises mesh in such a seamless manner, complementing their heartfelt tones and general wackiness. With compelling gameplay, fantastic humour and a tremendous amount of content packed into this unlikely project, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a welcome add...

August 22, 2017

With the dust of the The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind’s launch well and truly settled, ZeniMax Online Studios launched its first DLC pack since the expansion two months ago. Horns of the Reach gives players two new dungeons, unique item sets, monster masks, achievements, collectibles, a whole array of new items, and more. The DLC which comes free with an active Elder Scrolls Online Plus membership, or purchasable for 1500 Crowns from the Crown Store (~$15) is the first of two planned DLC packs planned to be released in 2017, the other being Clockwork City. Along with Horns of the Reach ca...

August 21, 2017

Since lifting the lid off the Xbox One X (previously known as Project Scorpio) at E3 2017, many gamers have been wondering when the system would be available for pre-order. Well, today is that day. Th...

August 18, 2017

Twenty years ago, the most visually impressive game on the original PlayStation was the very first Gran Turismo. While adorably low-resolution by today’s standards, at the time I can remember being floored by the realism not only in its car and track detail, but its handling as well. Simulation racers have become known as yardsticks by which the realism of generations of video games are measured, as games like Gran Turismo 4 and Forza Motorsport 6 raised the bar higher and higher. Now with Project CARS 2, developers Slightly Mad Studios are making the gap between the virtual r...

August 17, 2017

Today Ubisoft has uploaded the first Assassin’s Creed Origins Dev Q&A in a series of videos to the Assassin’s Creed UK Youtube channel. Assassin’s Creed Origins game director Ashraf...

August 17, 2017

“Crackdown 3 delayed to 2018″ was not the headline Rocket Chainsaw was expecting to read today coming out of Microsoft, however it was not really all that surprising. What was meant to be one of Microsoft’s token holiday games and a solid launch title for the Xbox One X has just been confirmed to be pushed back to the second quarter of next year. Originally announced in 2014, Crackdown 3 continues its worrisome developmental path with inconsistencies and broken promises aplenty. Its latest showing at E3 2017 was disastrous and one can only suspect that the developers and pu...

August 14, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is at last coming to Australian shores for select dates in Perth and Melbourne, as well as a recently announced Sydney performance. The show is a symphonic and visual journey through The Legend of Zelda‘s musical history, meticulously curated and arranged by creator Jason Michael Paul. A pioneer of the symphonic concert industry, Jason is attributed with being the first to bring video game music to the masses, and has enjoyed enormous success in the past with shows such as Dear Friends – Music from FINAL FANTASY and PLAY! A Video G...

August 1, 2017

Bioware today released Mass Effect Andromeda update 1.10 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The update clocks in at ~1GB and provides an array of changes and updates for multiplayer. The update should begin automatically the next time you load up your Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Mass Effect Andromeda launched on March 21, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. It received backlash from the community for a lack of facial expressions, and a disappointing story amongst other bugs and issues. Rocket Chainsaw reviewed Mass Effect Andromeda giving it just 2.5 stars, calling it a “Mass E...

July 27, 2017

It was just before E3 2017 that square Enix revealed that the developers of I Am Setsuna were creating another brand new RPG IP for PC, Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 titled Lost Sphear. Now, just...

July 8, 2017

We’d all worn those red/blue glasses before, but do you remember the first time you sat down in front of a 3D movie, at home or at the cinema, and were just so blown away that you thought to yourself “Holy Cow, this technology is the way of the future”? Me neither. No one thought that. 3D cinema, circa Avatar, was a breakthrough, but it didn’t revolutionise the film industry, and it didn’t inspire a great deal of innovation from production houses. I’ve always felt much the same way about VR in the gaming industry; obviously a jump forward, but not being used...

July 7, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn patch 1.30 has just been released and with it an array of new features for players to get excited about. With Horizon Zero Dawn’s first major expansion titled “The Frozen Wilds” due out later this year, fans of the new franchise should definitely be honing their skills in the latest patch, which features a new Ultra Hard mode which includes more aggressive machine behaviour, enhanced weapons and outfits, two new trophies and best of all a New Game+ mode allowing you to start Horizon Zero Dawn again but keep your character’s progression and items. Check...

July 7, 2017

With the launch of the first Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC pack “The Master Trials” now behind us, Nintendo has begun to reveal information about DLC pack 2, with The Champion...

July 6, 2017

Uppercut Games today officially unveiled the latest project they have been working on: City of Brass. The developer responsible for the very popular Submerged game which launched almost two years ago has been busy creating another masterpiece, this time being a first person action adventure game where a strange genie brings a literal City of Brass up out of the sands, which just so happened to be… submerged. The game is currently scheduled to launch later this year on Steam, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the official City of Brass Steam reveal trailer below:   As...

July 5, 2017

Ubisoft has today revealed a new rewards program where players still cruising the United States in the original The Crew game can unlock free The Crew 2 vehicles. Up to eighteen vehicles are up for grabs in The Crew rewards program, with awards ranging from simply having played The Crew to completing up to 15 awards. In fact, the current award for players is simply to play The Crew, and it will reward you with a free The Crew 2 vehicle, none other than the iconic Ferrari 458. The rewards program page will be updated twice a month but you can see all the awards you’ve completed up to date...

July 4, 2017

Rebellion Developments has today announced new information on a game that they’ve been busy working on for quite some time now, Evil Genius 2. In an E3 2017 interview with Rebellion Games’...

July 3, 2017

Since its first appearance on the SNES, way back in 1996, Natsume’s Harvest Moon franchise has been regarded as the pinnacle of relaxed, good-natured adventure in gaming. All 26 (!) games in the ‘Story of Seasons’ series have focused on farming, raising livestock, economy and community; a haven from the often violent, always conflict-driven experiences to be found elsewhere in video games, and one that has unsurprisingly become home to millions of fans around the world. Harvest Moon‘s influence over our industry has been widespread; 2016’s most adored indie title,...

July 1, 2017

It was back in 2010, with the release of David Cage’s Heavy Rain, that I was first exposed to ‘interactive cinema‘; an emergent genre, focusing on rich plots and cinematic storytelling in lieu of complex gameplay mechanics. It’s a niche market, but games in this style are usually among the most meticulously crafted and well written experiences in gaming, with breakout successes, such as Square Enix’s Life Is Strange, releasing to rave critical reception and generating an enormous cult following. Developed by Dontnod Entertainment, Life Is Strange is a time-travell...

June 30, 2017

E3 is always a massive time of the year, with new game announcements, huge information blowouts on games previously announced and sometimes even console announcements all vying for your attention. This year there was heaps of promise leading into E3, with the first Nintendo Showcase focusing on the Nintendo Switch since it was released in March and the big reveal of what was then known as Project Scorpio from Microsoft. While there weren’t quite as many brand-new announcements as we expected at E3 2017, the show was still punctured with some incredible reveals and fantastic trailers. This in...