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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...

June 30, 2017

Xbox has just announced details of the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2017, with news that the prices have already hit the marketplace. Bargains can be had across Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, with the sal...

June 29, 2017

Ever Oasis is an action-adventure RPG game developed by Japanese developers Grezzo for the Nintendo 3DS. You may or may not have heard of Grezzo, but they’re the people responsible for developing several notable titles for 3DS, including the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time remakes for 3DS, as well as the more recent title Triforce Heroes. Ever Oasis is a brand new IP from the developers, led by director/producer Koichi Ishii, creator of the legendary Mana series. Ever Oasis is firmly rooted in the action-RPG genre, but with added life-sim elements. You, a Seedling with...

June 29, 2017

E3 2017 took place in Los Angeles, California and was the largest video game remake convention ever. Many companies came to showcase games that they released ten years ago and are going to release again. There were no new games allowed. One of the remakes was Outcast: Second Contact, which needed another remake, after not having been remade since 2014 (that long!?). The first remake is no longer HD enough. Like Spiderman‘s infinite cinematic reboots, you just gotta keep the Outcast remakes coming. Sarcasm aside, it just feels like innovation in our industry is dead. Like I mentioned in t...

June 28, 2017

After being announced by publisher Devolver Digital and developer On Bit Beyond at E3 2017, we haven’t seen too much of Swords of Ditto. That changes now, with an extended gameplay video that ha...

June 27, 2017

Since the cult success of Tokyo RPG Factory’s I Am Setsuna in 2016, enraptured fans have waited with bated breath for another taste of JRPG mastery from the Square Enix owned studio. Headed up by Director Atsushi Hashimoto, Lost Sphear will be the second entry in the Setsuna Series, and while not a direct sequel, will share the same rejuvenated combat mechanics and existential plot themes as it’s predecessor. I met with Atsushi-san at Square Enix’s booth to discuss Lost Sphear and his plans for the ongoing Setsuna series. Atsushi-san opted to begin with a brief presentation....

June 23, 2017

When I was growing up, my two favourite things were RPGs and anime, so when I found out that Level-5 and Studio Ghibli were teaming up create a game I was insanely excited. After waiting years for a Western release, Ni no Kuni was released and I fell in love with it. The Ghibli-styled graphics and whimsical feeling of the game swept me away and I couldn’t wait for more. Thankfully, we won’t be waiting quite as long as last time, with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom releasing globally for PC and PlayStation 4 later this year. While at E3 2017 Adam got to check out a story presentation and g...

June 23, 2017

South Park: The Stick of Truth had a fair amount of controversy when it was released. The game was one of the first titles in Australia to receive an R18+ rating by the OFLC, however, it was initially refused classification and had to have certain scenes cut from the final product. Based on Adam’s time with South Park: The Fractured But Whole at E3, the sequel is looking like it will cause just as much of a stir when it releases on October 17, 2017, although hopefully it survives the OFLC’s judgement this time around. Unlike the first game which saw the kids role-playing as fantasy cha...

June 22, 2017

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that until my eyes-on preview with Skydance’s upcoming VR shooter, Archangel, I’d had very little experience with VR. A friend of mine owns a headset attachment for his Android phone, on which I enjoyed an animated and interactive tour through some of Vincent van Gogh’s most popular works. Entertaining, sure, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself a VR commando. Good thing Skydance had a giant robot do the fighting for me. Archangel puts you in the gunner’s seat of an enormous mech, and tasks your squad with stopping a tyrannic...

June 22, 2017

Ubisoft has just uploaded a fantastic new trailer display the newly announced Beyond Good and Evil 2 in-engine. We covered the original unveiling of Beyond Good and Evil 2, which appeared at the end o...

June 22, 2017

Many words were used to describe Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference. Extravagant? Unnecessary? Regardless of your thoughts, they delivered some big announcements including some big new titles, and today Bethesda went one step further by announcing a partnership with Titan Comics to release new Bethesda comics for the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and The Evil Within 2. The announcement was made via Titan Comics’ Facebook page and Tumblr account. Rocket Chainsaw covered the announcements of these three major upcoming E3 titles, and you ca...

June 22, 2017

Ancient Egypt has been one of the most requested locales for the Assassin’s Creed series since the first game (sorry feudal Japan fans!), and with Assassin’s Creed Origins Ubisoft has finally delivered that setting. Following leaks throughout the past few years, Ubisoft finally raised the curtains on what has been thought of as a soft reboot for the franchise. Stepping back to what is being boasted as “the beginning” of the Assassin order, Origins introduces protagonist Bayek, a poor peasant and member of the Medjay. In real world history, the Medjay were desert scouts for the Egyptian...

June 22, 2017

Honestly, The Crew 2 was one of the biggest surprises for us when it was first announced and then revealed at E3 2017. When The Crew originally released back in 2014 we were relatively unimpressed with the game, but credit to Ivory Tower Studios – their Wild Ride expansion not only added more content to the game, it gave the visuals a makeover to make it look a lot more appealing. Adam got the chance to go hands on with the game at E3 and was surprised at just how much The Crew 2 seems to have improved over the original game. Unlike The Crew, The Crew 2 won’t need any updates to its visual...

June 22, 2017

One could argue that, in recent years, our industry has followed Hollywood into a rut of annual sequels, reboots, remasters and re-releases. I’m not here to complain about that today, but the context of that issue makes it particularly exciting to come across a promising new IP, like Strange Brigade. Announced just days before E3, Rebellion’s supernatural, co-op shooter had already begun generating significant buzz by the show’s opening, and I eagerly awaited my opportunity for a hands-on preview. SB immediately draws you into it’s bizarre universe with some of the slic...

June 22, 2017

Rebellion brought more heat than usual to E3 this year, revealing an exciting new IP in Strange Brigade (preview to come), while also showcasing the nearly completed re-skin of their classic, third-person shooter, Rogue Trooper. First released in 2006 to positive reviews, Rogue Trooper has spent the last 11 years amassing somewhat of a cult following, reaching 90%+ overall rating on Steam, and prompting a full HD ‘redux’ from it’s now independent developers. To be clear, this is just a re-texture, with a few polished animations and minor gameplay tweaks. There’s no sha...

June 21, 2017

H.P. Lovecraft’s work is never far from the world of video games, as his dark stories have influenced games like Eternal Darkness and Bloodborne. Now, developers Cyanide are working on an adaptation of the old 1981 pen-and-paper RPG, Call of Cthulhu, while also combining it with modern horror, adventure and RPG game elements, in Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game. At E3, I was privy to a pre-alpha demonstration of the final game, run by the developers, who are huge fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s work. While this is an original story, the game is loaded with easter eggs and references t...