Microsoft's Halo Box has recovered well from the Mattrick years and the absurd claim that everybody wanted a console to watch TV while being spied on. Now every time we turn on our Xbox One we see all our friends are watching YouTube or Netflix. Fortunately, the Xbox One has some superb games to play when your Australian internet craps out because it is raining outside, and the Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility is the gold standard all consoles should be judged on.

November 19, 2017

Today marks a decade of saving the universe with the best companions, as the original Mass Effect released on this day in 2007! Originally published as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Mass Effect saw players embark on the first step of an epic trilogy, with the promise of choices and decisions carrying throughout and haunting Commander Shepard and their crew. It also introduced a revolutionary conversation system where instead of static sequences, dialogue between characters played out as full cutscenes, with a wheel of possible options that didn't break action. The amount of RPGs that have carried this system forward are quite numerous! Have you played Mass Effect? If so, Ashley or Kaiden?

November 1, 2017

Ready to earn some Chicken Dinners on your console? Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One on December 12th!

October 23, 2017

Xbox Backwards Compatibility is coming to the Xbox One tomorrow, with the following 12 (plus Black!) as the initial lineup. For more details: [Click here]

October 17, 2017

Hi-Rez Studios' next game, Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics, launches its closed beta on PS4 and Xbox One today! If you're looking to give it a shot, and have an active Playstation Plus or Xbox Live Gold membership, the Closed Beta is currently free to access!

October 2, 2017

Today marks something of a bittersweet anniversary, as we celebrate ten years of Project Gotham Racing 4! It's one of the Xbox 360's best racing games, adding bikes and weather to an already fantastic racing model. The game's Kudos system, rewarding you for driving stylishly, still stands up to this day. Sadly, it's also been ten years since there's been a PGR game. Developer Bizarre Creations would cease to exist not too long afterwards, with many alums of the studio taking up positions at studios like Sumo Digital and Playground Games. They would go on to make games like Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed and Forza Horizon -- keeping PGR's spirit alive.

September 28, 2017

Sonic Adventure - the original and best 3D Sonic game - is now backwards compatible on Xbox One.

September 7, 2017

Time to determine the truth, lie or doubt on the go or in 4K — LA Noire is coming to PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch!

August 21, 2017

How much Minecraft is too much? We may never know. Microsoft has announced a new Minecraft themed Xbox One S and Minecraft themed controllers. Like the Star Wars themed Xbox 360, this one has Minecraft sounds when you turn it on or eject a disk. There is also redstone circuitry on the bottom/side that lights up when a controller is connected. [Click here] [Click here]

August 21, 2017

Xbox One X pre-orders have gone live across the country, albeit in incredibly limited numbers. Did you successfully pre-order?

June 13, 2017

Opening the theme-park decorated “Bethesdaland” press briefing, Global VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hinds walked out on stage and promised a showcase that would be “an experience at E3 unlike anything else.” What followed was a 40 minute trailer supercut in essence that put Bethesda’s upcoming projects front and centre, highlighting how bizarre and unique (for better or worse) these games and initiatives have the potential to be. Fortunately, what lacked was a great deal of cringe, and unfortunately, this is likely what was being referred to as “unlike an...

June 13, 2017

It must be hard being the E3 king. After blowing everyone away in 2015 with Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue 3, Sony has had to maintain this newfound reputation of nonstop bombshell announcements and mic-drop moments. It managed to pull it off last year with Death Stranding, although we could all tell that the well was running dry. This year, it was obvious that Sony is starting to scrape the bottom. This was apparent with Days Gone, the open-world zombie game announced at last year’s E3. Back then it was humdrum at best and this year’s demo proved no better, highlighting its QTE com...

June 12, 2017

A new console usually brings with it unfounded grandstanding, a lot of hypothetical scenarios but little on day-to-day life with this new box. And in a year where Microsoft’s big tentpoles, Gears of War and Halo, are still being developed and where the platform partnerships seem to be going Sony’s way, you’d think that this would be the Scorpio Power Hour. Yes, we got some of that and more mentions of 4K than pixels in a 4K monitor, but this year’s Xbox Briefing somehow had even more game announcements. Starting with the showstopper, the Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio) is the pre...

June 10, 2017

Around this time every year, EA likes to remind us that it does things differently to the rest of the industry; just look at last year’s Los Angeles-London show and the developer-centric show from years before. This time around, EA continued to defy expectation with its EA Play event, and like last year it was a combination of promising and punishing. Where EA has previously been very friendly with influencers and content creators, this year saw EA entirely embracing them. Not only did CEO Andrew Wilson’s opening speech give plenty of lip service to the greater community, content crea...

January 13, 2017

When other companies announce their consoles they go deep into the numbers, focusing on sales figures, subscribers and teraflops. Nintendo was never one to conform with its fellow console makers, a tradition which continued when we found out the hybrid home/handheld nature of the Switch — and Friday’s full reveal was no different. Let’s get straight into the important details. The Switch will launch worldwide on 3rd March 2017 and will cost $US299 (as at writing, EB Games has the console listed for $AU469). The Switch will feature a capacitive touchscreen (more akin to a smartphone...

June 14, 2016

Sony had an absolute blinder of a conference last year; on the back of three major game reveals that absolutely nobody saw coming it hands down dominated the show. This year the audience went in knowing there was no possible way they could match that show, but boy did Sony still try. The show opened with an epic sounding symphonic score and low guttural choir, culminating in the reveal of the next God Of War. Bringing with it a new over-the-shoulder perspective instead of the fixed camera angles of past games, it introduces Kratos as an amusingly bad parent with a young protege in a new Norse...

June 13, 2016

The Xbox has been on the backfoot this generation. Its core concept has had to be redesigned on the fly (Remember all that TV malarkey? The current Xbox One certainly doesn’t) and its sales numbers continue to lag behind the PS4. But rather than dwelling on what can be done to salvage this generation, this year’s Xbox Media Briefing looks to the what it can do in the next half-generation. Things kicked right off with a trailer for the Xbox One S. It will be 40% smaller than its predecessor, will feature an integrated power supply (no more power cubes!), a 2TB hard drive and support for Hi...

March 14, 2016

I have never been good at FromSoftware’s Souls games. Ever since Demon’s Souls was released in 2009 (or 2010, for those that had the patience to wait for the Australian release), I’ve always had the sort of relationship with the franchise you don’t want to admit. You see, I’m genuinely quite terrible at it. I am horrendous even compared to other people who aren’t any good at these games. I don’t really understand a lot of the back end systems; I only ever played the Warrior class and I don’t really mess around with magic. Hell, I’m still prone to using the occasional Estus F...

January 6, 2016

2015 was a year full of prosperity, anticipation and surprise hits. After two full years on the market, I can now say without a shred of hesitation that I am proud to own a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While E3 2015 brought about some surprises we await next year and beyond, this year I found myself still playing catch up for all of the games I regret not playing, even in the last few weeks of December. As I spend my next few intimate weeks with the sultry and sweet stylings of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Rocket League, here are my top 3 games to cap off the in...

June 15, 2015

6am AEST brought us the gaming bounty that EA had to offer, with a lot of familiar titles coming back for another iteration, and even some new IPs. Here’s the lowdown. The show started with a teaser for the next Mass Effect game, subtitled Andromeda. That’s all. The first real announcement however was Need For Speed (no subtitle). Running in the Frostbite engine, it’s twice the size of the map from Rivals and combines a lot of elements from the more successful games in the series. The game is due for release on November 3rd this year. EA also unveiled Unravel, a physics plat...

June 15, 2015

At its inception, Microsoft was vocal in holding out the Xbox One as the future in game. It was the all-in-one entertainment centre with the next-generation Kinect. Since then, the company has slowly stepped away from these lofty ambitions, to the point where the Xbox One might as well be merely an upgraded Xbox 360; even the Kinect has fallen to the status of neglected peripheral. At today’s Media Briefing, the Xbox One took the next logical step and actually became an upgraded Xbox 360. Kicking things off was noticeably not Call of Duty, but Halo 5: Guardians. The game sees Spartan Lo...