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The Playstation is the console of choice for Naughty Dog games, weebs, and anybody who enjoys High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection screwing up their Twitch streams. Sony is famous for dodgy ads, trolling its competition and wild claims during their press conferences. We miss the days of Emotion Engine, Cell Processor, and funny gags from Sony like that PS2 games will look like Toy Story rendered in real time. The Playstation 4 started out as the best console to experience Playstation 3 remasters on, but now has developed a pretty good library of exclusive games of its own.

October 20, 2017

Professional wrestling and video games are two forms of entertainment that are made for each other. On one hand you have staged performances with some of the most charismatic athletes on the planet, and on the other you have the perfect platform to replay and create all your favourite wrestling moments. WWE 2K18 is the latest iteration in a long list of yearly WWE games, and since the legendary WWE Chairman Vince McMahon continues to buy out his competitors, it now has a monopoly on the genre. ‘Be like no one’ is the motto for WWE 2K18, featuring cover superstar Seth Rollins and is the bi...

October 20, 2017

Bungie has just confirmed that PC users can now get the Destiny 2 preload on their computers in anticipation for the game’s release on the 24th of October, next Tuesday. As long as you’ve got the game pre-ordered and activated on your Blizzard App, the Destiny 2 preload should start automatically. Note: we had to do a Blizzard App update before it began the install. Your Destiny 2 preload will unlock at 4AM Eastern Australian Standard Time next Tuesday, so it may be worthwhile beginning the 38GB download as soon as possible. You are one of humanity’s last remaining Guardians. Yo...

October 19, 2017

In its opening hours, The Evil Within 2 features some of the most arresting and beautiful horror imagery I’ve seen in a video game in years – even if the designers still wear their influences on their sleeve. As the red curtains (lifted from Twin Peaks) pull back and you discover all manner of bizarre time-frozen exhibits (reminiscent of The Cell), the game nonetheless sets up its own creepy and abstract world, where murder can be turned into a work of art. On the strength of the opening and other moments in the first third of the game, The Evil Within 2 is a must-buy for h...

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 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 7, 2017

Final Fantasy. Mega Man. Metal Gear. Double Dragon. Phantasy Star. These are just some of the long-running video game franchises that started off all the way back in 1987. Many of the games in these series went on to become defining games across multiple generations, and all have a lasting legacy both inside and outside of Japan. Falcom’s Ys series also began that year, but unlike those other titles, it never gained much prominence outside of its home country. Originating on the Japanese PC88 platform, and ported to just about every 8-bit and 16-bit system of the era, the early titles were a...

October 6, 2017

CD Projekt Red has just released Patch 1.50 and Patch 1.51 (the standard and enhanced editions of the games get separate patches) for The Witcher 3, giving improved stability in certain areas and finally PlayStation 4 Pro 4K and HDR support. The update should be immediately available and clocks in at around 130MB. It should begin automatically downloading to your PlayStation 4 console the next time you turn it on if you have the automatic settings selected. The Witcher 3 launched on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in May 2015, and had two stellar expansions since then, each adding dozen...

October 5, 2017

Forza Motorsport has been synonymous with Xbox for twelve years. The original Xbox launched in Australia in 2002 with unique racing game Project Gotham Racing. Little did we know the team at Turn 10 were busy working on the masterpiece that would become Forza Motorsport in 2005, quickly knocking the newly released Project Gotham Racing 2 off its pedestal as best racer on the console. I reviewed these games way back when, awarding Forza Motorsport a perfect score of 100% stating it’s the best racing experience of its time, and nine games later the core mechanics are unchanged. Forza Motorspor...

October 3, 2017

If there’s one thing Japanese writers know how to do well, it’s how to come up with killer ideas, and then push them to their extreme. That’s the basis of the Danganronpa series, which began in 2010 but didn’t make its way over to Western shores until 2014, and has since been nearly a yearly release here. Placing high school students in a high-concept situation that’s part Battle Royale and part Phoenix Wright, Danganronpa has made its mark not only with extreme plotlines, but also extreme characters and personalities. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has a...

September 29, 2017

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was previously reviewed by Joseph here , this review is for the recently released Nintendo Switch port. Slowly but surely, the Nintendo Switch is receiving more and more ports, as publishers have seen the sales and success of the console and have been quick to get some of their big franchises across. While most Dragon Ball fans are likely frothing at the mouth over the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ, Switch owners have been treated to a release of 2016’s Dragon Ball game, with Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch. The time-travelling Action-RPG has...

September 26, 2017

NBA 2K18 sets off this year to create the biggest and best NBA game ever. With several different gameplay modes there’s something for everyone including an in-depth MyCareer mode where you can do everything right down to visiting a barber or creating a new t-shirt. With an all-star cast line-up of NBA legends like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and more narrating each game either via the pre-game show or in-game commentary, and interviews with dozens of current NBA stars keeping you involved as you play, NBA 2K18 is a massive package of NBA goodness that no basketball fan...

September 23, 2017

Before this generation began, I’d never made much of a foray into multiplayer console games. While I had spent hours in the past playing Warcraft 3, Counter Strike and World of Warcraft with friends, console online gaming had never quite grabbed me the same way. This all changed when my friends and I picked up Destiny at launch. I went from not playing any games online to spending every second night online with my friends grinding for new gear. Quite quickly though, the content in the game had been repeated so many times that a sense of boredom began to permeate our sessions. Over time, and...

September 22, 2017

The original Knack was a launch title for the PS4 and critically panned upon release. Its gameplay was considered shallow and repetitive, with the story and character development also being uninspiring. Somehow, Japan Studio were greenlit to develop a sequel. Knack 2 isn’t going to set your world on fire but it’s at least a competent platformer that improves on the original and is a decent family friendly title. Knack 2’s story centres around the titular character and his human companions who go on an adventure to explore some ruins. However, their trip turns sour as they soon discover t...

September 18, 2017

Over the weekend Bandai Namco held some closed beta sessions for their upcoming fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ. While the closed beta was primarily used to test some of the online multiplayer features of the final build, it also gave players a better look at the title ahead of its release in February 2018. Fighting games traditionally are not the best when playing online. Particularly for Australians, the fast paced precision required by most fighters can become a laggy mess, which often isn’t helped by the lack of local servers. To my delight however, upon being asked to select my region I di...

September 18, 2017

“You can catch it. That’s the difference.” This is my Dad after he got out shape on a corner at Oulton Park, one of the over 50 tracks included in Project Cars 2. Still adapting to the game’s new physics model, he’d brought his Ginetta in a bit too hot on the corner and had his rear wheels step out. A little bit of counter-steering and throttle manipulation later, and the errant rear had been brought back in line and the car continued around the track without incident. This kind of refinement is what Project Cars 2 is all about. Slightlymad made a confident debut with 2015’s Projec...

September 15, 2017

Upon loading up the PlayStation 4 Pro this morning, we were greeted with a The Last of Us Remastered patch. Curious, we went straight to Naughty Dog to see what’s up. Naughty Dog’s officia...

September 12, 2017

UPDATE: Capcom have confirmed Okami HD will be coming to Europe and the US on December 12. Like Japan, it will be released on PC and Xbox One digitally only, and PS4 both digitally and physically. &nb...

September 11, 2017

I’ve had a problem with anything episodic ever since I opened Netflix’s webpage in my browser for the first time. The concept of waiting a week, a month or even longer before being able to re-engage with worlds I love has generally had me instead wait until a season is finished and available as a whole before jumping in. That is, until I fall in love with a world so much that I feel I need to engage with every part of it as soon as possible. While I have yet to complete the original Life is Strange, I fell in love with the world of Arcadia Bay and DONTNOD Entertainment’s storytelling. Th...

September 8, 2017

Review Contributed by Scott Davidson Another edition of Madden; another video game with a disappointing career mode based off every other sports game. Madden’s decision to include the ‘Longshot’ story mode seems to have been brought upon by rival sports franchises introducing similar plotlines in years past. Madden NFL 18 represents a step forward in realism in this generation of sports game releases, but with such a big emphasis on its new story mode, your mileage may vary greatly depending on how keen you are for a Madden movie. In this game, the storyline features schoolya...

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!

September 4, 2017

The team at Hello Games have been busy righting the wrongs of No Man’s Sky since its fairly miserable launch just over a year ago in August 2016, and it seems finally fans are starting to appreciate their work. No Man’s Sky Patch 1.35 is the fifth patch that has been released since the massive update last month titled Atlas Rises. Atlas Rises included many features and changes that fans have been begging for, and since its release the Steam review ratings have taken a turn and No Man’s Sky itself is now almost unbelievably in the ‘mostly positive’ category. The f...

September 3, 2017

I was about halfway through the third stage of Matterfall when I finally remembered what game it was reminding me of. The long, multi-directional stages, the near-endless waves of enemies, the heart-pounding music and the cool bosses all remind me of the classic Turrican series. That’s probably intentional, too. After all, this is Housemarque, and they’ve built a solid collection of games that modernise classic genres for the current generation. Super Stardust HD, Resogun, Alienation and Nex Machina all feel like modern takes on classic games, easy to imagine with 16-bit colour palettes. A...

August 31, 2017

If you were looking for a chance to play Persona 5 on something other than a PS4, Sega have you covered. Kinda.

August 26, 2017

PS4専用ソフト『北斗が如く』ティザートレイラー

Fist of the North Star X Yakuza is a real video game and hitting Japanese PS4s next year.

August 26, 2017

It’s been almost 12 years since SEGA’s Yakuza series made its debut on the PlayStation 2. A celebration of Japanese culture, the series has always held a unique place in the gaming landscape. 12 games and almost 12 years later, and nothing else has been released that comes close to matching its unique feel. With such a prolific series, it can be daunting to come in late, especially as it largely follows a set of recurring characters. Wanting to make that initial jump into the series less daunting, SEGA have remade the original Yakuza for PlayStation 4, as Yakuza Kiwami, a game that looks...

August 26, 2017

Last year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was meant by developers Naughty Dog to close out Nathan Drake’s story, but not necessarily the Uncharted series as a whole. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a proof-of-concept that Uncharted can work with the same mechanics and general framework, but without Nolan North’s Nathan Drake at the helm. There are even a couple of glimpses at where the series can go in the future. It’s called a standalone expansion of Uncharted 4 but it’s really its own spin-off or side story. Whatever you want to call it, if you’...