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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.

July 16, 2019

In what’s been a burgeoning period for the state, the South Australian government has annouced that Sony Interactive Entertainment will be opening an office in Adelaide. The new office will establish 32 new engineering roles, with no indication whether this will bolster local infrastucture or the greater Playstation line of products. What’s helped to attract Sony to South Australia has been the Economic and Business Growth fund created by Premier Steven Marshall’s Liberal Government, which will be providing $480,000 AUD to Sony to establish the office. “South Australia is ...

July 8, 2019

The Sega Saturn was released in Australia on this day July 8th way back in 1995. Arcades were still a big deal, even if they were in their last few glory years, and Sega was dominating. Games from Sega AM Departments like Virtua Fighter, Daytona, Virtua Cop and Sega Rally were swallowing money at Timezone like a bank during the Global Financial Crisis. Every time my lunch break ended I’d stare back into the arcade and wish there was a way to play those awesome games at home. And then there was. The Sega Saturn. It was big and black and beautiful. Virtua Fighter 2 with fighting sticks, V...

June 28, 2019

Sony Pictures Television Announces Final Fantasy XIV TV Show

A Final Fantasy XIV TV show is in the works! Would you watch it?

June 28, 2019

With a brand new expansion releasing next week and an exciting future ahead of it, Sony Pictures Television has announced that they are partnering with Square-Enix to develop a TV show based on the popular MMO Final Fantasy XIV. Heading up the production work will be Hivemind Productions, whose work you may have seen in Amazon’s The Expanse and the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. While no specific plot for the TV show has been announced, the show will be set in the world of Eorzea, which blends traditional fantasy and magic, with an undercurrent of technology, and its charac...

June 26, 2019

With the second season of the anime nearing its conclusion, Bandai Namco are aiming to continue the One Punch Man hype with the first video game based on the series — One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows. The announcement is light on details – it’ll be a 3v3 Arena Fighter developed by Spike Chunsoft, who have plenty of experience with the genre. It’ll be released sometime in the near future on the PS4, Xbox One & PC, and we got a quick glimpse at some of the roster: Saitama Genos Fubuki (best girl) Sonic Mumen Rider With the One Punch Man anime & manga featuring a bre...

June 19, 2019

Looking to play some Monster Hunter World: Iceborne early? Capcom is launching a PS4 exclusive beta, and you'll be able to play on the following dates: 8pm AEST 22 June - 8pm AEST 25 June (Playstation Plus Exclusive) 8pm AEST 29 June - 8PM AEST 2 July (open to all) What monster are you most looking forward to hunt?

June 14, 2019

Gaming News E3 2019

The latest News Game Plus podcast is now ready. Dermie and Jason discuss the big news from E3 - Keanu Reeves, Ikumi Nakamura, xCloud, Nintendo. Also hear why Dermie reckons Final Fantasy 7 was a bad game, Overwatch is over-rated, and Sony is in big trouble. There's something for everybody this week. [Click here]

June 11, 2019

Another huge weekend has marked the 11th annual Battle Arena Melbourne! BAM11 saw Australia’s biggest fighting game event step into its second decade, and third year at the Melbourne Convention ...

June 11, 2019

Square Enix is a publisher unlike any other. On one hand it has a library of classic Japanese role playing games, on the other it has Western studios making conventional AAA blockbusters. No more was this dichotomy made clear than with the staging: On a raised platform over at East of the stage stood its Japanese studio staff, whilst on the West was a producer from the American office. It was slightly uncomfortable, which is apt given the publisher’s handling of these two halves. Everyone looked to this live show for more details on Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Square Enix delivered. The g...

June 10, 2019

Microsoft came into this year’s E3 with a spring in its step. It had won the hearts and minds of gamers with its Xbox Game Pass and commitment to gaming, it was bringing a brand new console and its main rival Sony was nowhere to be found. Microsoft should have luxuriated in the glory and the free space; instead it had 90 minutes to reveal a console and cover 60 games. Let’s cut straight to the biggest announcement: Project Scarlet, the next Xbox console. It will feature a custom CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and will use GDDR6 RAM; this will translate into ...

June 7, 2019

It’s been a hell of a year for Destiny 2 developer Bungie. Aside from facing its biggest competitor yet in the form of Ubisoft’s The Division 2, the developer announced back in January that they were splitting from publisher Activision after eight years and taking Destiny with them. We haven’t heard much of what Bungie plans to do with Destiny as an independent publisher/developer since then, but after a detailed livestream today, the company has revealed some massive changes to the way Destiny 2 operates. And that’s on top of also announcing a brand new expansion pack...

June 4, 2019

The next Watch Dogs has been rumoured to be set in London for the longest time, but an Amazon UK listing may have revealed a bit more ahead of time! Titled Watch Dogs Legion, the game sees you playing in a post-Brexit London where you'll be able to control any NPC in the game, who have their own individual set of animations, character traits and voice over. Would you play a new Watch Dogs game like this? [Click here]

May 29, 2019

Gaming News 29 May 2019

Our latest News Game Plus podcast is now online. Dermie and Jason discuss the big gaming news from week four of May 2019: - Gaming is a disorder - Western Australia introduces their own games development fund - Xbox backward compatibility in the cloud - Aussies spent 4 billion dollars on games in 2018 - Fortnite player suing his clan - ACCC suing Sony over refunds - The PlayDate Console [Click here]

May 8, 2019

The Playstation State of Play is back on 10th May from 8AM AEST, promising a long-awaited look at the Medievil remake and some more announcements. What are you looking forward to?

April 23, 2019

Sony has introduced a new policy regarding sexual content. Japanese developers are reportedly angry and many western gamers are once again convinced that “Social Justice Warriors” have imposed their will on the gaming community. But is this being driven by the return of American Puritanism or is something else going on? It might not be as simple as a culture war or a California-driven plot to change gaming. Some of the biggest recent controversies in gaming and the internet may be all about China. Business Is A Numbers Game And These Numbers Are Astronomical Businesses exist to ma...

April 17, 2019

We’ve maintained for a while now that MS and Sony are working towards a 2020 release for their next gen consoles, and suddenly Sony have dropped some details. Sitting down with Wired, Mark Cerny outlined a lot of the hardware specs of the new system, which is based on AMD architecture again, including info about the CPU and GPU. The biggest change seems to be the use of an SSD, with Cerny demoing Spiderman on both a PS4 Pro and a dev unit for the new system, which appears to remove some 14 seconds off the fast travel load time. Services and game talk seems to be hush hush for now, but the company did confirm at least PS4 backwards compatibility, further strengthening the contention that ...

June 13, 2018

After some great and not so impressive conferences at this year’s E3, Nintendo was highly anticipated to bring us some juicy news. With the potential for some much wanted first-party titles for Switch, I stayed up until past 2am with high hopes for news on Pokémon, Animal Crossing, and more. With caffeine and sugar in my system, my body was ready. Like previous years, this year’s presentation followed the Nintendo Direct format,. The show began starting on a less colourful note with Demon X Machina, a mecha game for the Switch. Following this was Xenoblade 2 Story DLC ‘Torna –...

June 12, 2018

In my first year of university, I saw a jock-looking dude walking around wearing his ‘Class of 2005’ high school top; nothing out of the ordinary, I was sure he was well beloved by his peers. In my final week of study, I saw that same guy wandering around the campus by himself, slumped shoulders still adorned by that very same top — this was in 2009. Sony’s E3 Showcase this year reminded me of that guy still clinging to the glory of past years. This was most evident during the special presentation for The Last of Us Part II. This was Sony at its most self-indulgent. It gathered gu...

June 11, 2018

Bethesda had an interesting 2017. Despite a lacklustre trip to Bethesdaland and reports that several of its games didn’t meet sales targets, the company was still the number one publisher on Metacritic, a fact proudly claimed by Senior VP of Global Marketing Pete Hines. Though if this year’s E3 press conference is any indication, 2018 and beyond are going to be very big and important years for the publisher. The show kicked off quite literally with a bang as inspirational speaker Andrew W.K. and his band introduced us to to the recently unveiled Rage 2, as well as endless shots of aud...

June 11, 2018

The Xbox One has arguably provided the better experience in recent years. Its Backwards Compatibility program has given new life to old games, and the Xbox Game Pass has given users a healthy library of legacy titles. However, the console is behind in one regard: New games. In order to furnish its seemingly lacking game library, Microsoft is looking outward, including to places we wouldn’t normally expect. The common criticism was that Microsoft isn’t producing first party games to the same extent that Sony is. To address this, Xbox lead Phil Spencer dedicated three or so minutes to a...

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...