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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.

June 15, 2018

We have reached the end of another Electronic Entertainment Expo. Relive the highs and lows of this year's E3 publisher presentations with our recaps. EA: [Click here] Xbox: [Click here] Bethesda: [Click here] Ubisoft: [Click here] Playstation: [Click here] Nintendo: [Click here]

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 13, 2018

A PSA for Fortnite players trying out the newly released Switch version: You will not be able to log in using an Epic Account created on the Playstation 4. You can create a new account, but this will mean starting without your progress or cosmetics. The Switch version otherwise supports cross-play between Xbox, PC, Mac and mobile.

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...

May 1, 2018

Welcome to May! It's a month full of re-releases and a bunch of hotly anticipated titles! Such as: - Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (Switch, May 4th) - Pillars of Eternity II (PC, May 9th) - Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch, May 18th) - State of Decay 2 (PC/Xbox One, May 18th) - Runner3 (Bit.Trip) (PC/Switch, May 22nd) - Tennis World Tour (PC/Switch/PS4/Xbox One, May 22nd) - Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night / Persona 5: Dancing Star Night (PS4/PS Vita, May 24th, JAPAN ONLY) - Dark Souls Remastered (PC/PS4/Xbox One, May 25th) - Detroit: Become Human (PS4, May 25th) What are you looking forward to?

April 29, 2018

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto IV, originally released on this day for the PS3 & 360 in 2008, and several months later on PC. It was one of the first truly big games of the last generation and felt revolutionary in many aspects. Aside from bringing the action back to New York City-expy Liberty City, GTA IV has a tonne of firsts. It's the first game in the series to feature multiplayer, something that's only blown up with later iterations. It was also the first Rockstar & GTA game to feature story DLC, which many consider better than the base game! The lasting legacy of GTA IV has to be its tone. Since its release, Rockstar's later works have all followed a similar st...

April 18, 2018

Jamie has waited literally ten years to play this. #xbox #xboxone #panzerdragoon

April 14, 2018

You're not dreaming. Shenmue I & II are coming to PC, PS4 & Xbox One in 2018!

April 11, 2018

Behold, the next wave of Original Xbox Backwards Compatible titles!

March 29, 2018

The April collections for Xbox Live Games with Gold & Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection have been revealed, and they're both killer lineups! Xbox gets The Witness, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Cars 2 & Dead Space 2. Playstation gets Mad Max, Trackmania Turbo, In Space We Brawl, Toy Home, 99 VIDAS & Q*Bert Rebooted.

March 27, 2018

"Transcending history, and the world, a tale of souls & swords, eternally retold". With those words began one of the greatest fighting games of all time -- Soul Calibur II, whose console version released on this day 15 years ago! Aside from bringing the masterful fighting action to the home, SC2's console port including two major features. The first was Weapon Master Mode, a series of missions that challenged your skills in increasingly difficult ways. Challenges could range from fighting scores of opponents with regenerating health, or fighting enemies where only their weapons are visible. The other feature was the inclusion of guest characters. Originally, Link was set to be the sole gu...

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...

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 14, 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 7, 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 16, 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...

May 10, 2015

Vertiginous Golf Steampunk 360 Controller Ebay Charity Auction 8 May-11 May, 2015 From the Ebay auction page: CHARITY AUCTION – Steampunk wireless Xbox 360 controller, 8 PC Games Today, you are...