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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.

October 21, 2017

With just over two weeks until the new Xbox One X hits the shelves, Microsoft has released another short teaser demonstrating how you will ‘feel true power’. The Xbox One X is the first Xbox to have 4K gaming and HDR capabilities. While the Xbox One S which can be picked up on the cheap for under $300AUD these days has 4K Blu-Ray and HDR capabilities, it doesn’t actually have 4K gaming. The Xbox One X fixes this problem, and brings Microsoft in line with Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Check out the 15 second Xbox One X ‘Feel True Power’ teaser trailer below: &nbs...

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 16, 2017

There’s no doubt that Independent development can be a massive risk. With large investments of time and money, with no guarantees of even middling success, most independent developers put themse...

October 11, 2017

First we showed you what was in the collectors editions, and now we can reveal what’s in the Assassin’s Creed Origins Season Pass. There will be four packs coming for Season Pass holders, two this year and two major expansions set for the beginning of 2018. Firstly the Roman Centurion Pack and Horus Pack will grant you outfits, mounts, shields and weapons and will be available in November, but the real Season Pass content is launching in January and March 2018 respectively. The Hidden Ones takes place years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins in a new region occupied by...

October 10, 2017

Cuphead has been teased for a number of years. Since its announcement at E3 2014, more footage and gameplay has been shown off each year wetting the appetites of those craving a nostalgic 1930s cartoon. Indeed, the artstyle is what grabs your immediate attention but Cuphead also plays incredibly well, has been fine tuned to the smallest detail, and is a worthy addition to any gamer’s collection. Cuphead’s story is presented in the form of a children’s book, with still images setting the scene and text describing the adventure unfolding for brothers Cuphead and Mugman. The duo are enjoyin...

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 6, 2017

Gran Turismo Sport is less than two weeks away, but in the mean time Polyphony Digital plans to hold an open beta event beginning on Monday the 9th of October, running through until Thursday the 12th....

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

Digital Extremes, developers of the popular free to play Warframe have just revealed that the incredibly large expansion Plains of Eidolon is launching next week for Windows PC. The expansion is set...

October 5, 2017

Ubisoft has today revealed via a blog post the minimum and recommended requirements for the Assassin’s Creed Origins PC specs. Interestingly the recommended requirements only need a 3rd generati...

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 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 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 28, 2017

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

September 28, 2017

As promised earlier this week, Rockstar has delivered a new Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. The third game in the Red Dead franchise launches mid next year and this new trailer features story elements,...

September 28, 2017

Assassin’s Creed games have been renowned for capturing key moments in history and tying it in with an Assassins vs Templars storyline, but now Ubisoft has realised they can use their historic recreations for a far more educational purpose. Enter Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour: an interactive journey through ancient Egypt complete with tour guides and historically accurate information, all delivered in the vast luscious open lively world of Assassin’s Creed Origins. In a blog post on the official Ubisoft website, Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour is offic...

September 27, 2017

343 Industries has today released a Halo Wars 2 Awakening the Nightmare launch trailer to coincide with the expansion getting released today. With it comes an extremely large patch to make Halo Wars 2...

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 24, 2017

With a little under a month until we get our hands on WWE 2K18, 2K Games has revealed just how in-depth and extensive the WWE 2K18 Creation Suite is. Allowing you to customise everything from what typ...

September 20, 2017

Turn 10 has today released a Forza 7 demo ahead of the game’s launch in just two weeks. The demo features three tracks and three different vehicle classes, giving you the opportunity to try out...

September 20, 2017

I think it’s safe to say that not many would remember Lucky’s Tale, as the original game was released as an exclusive launch showcase of the Oculus Rift’s technology. It offered a simple platformer viewed from a third person perspective, except your head (and the VR headset you’re wearing) controlled the camera. It was a fine, if limited, family-friendly demo of the VR tech, but developers Playful seem keen to distance the character from a strict VR association, with the sequel Super Lucky’s Tale coming in regular old 2D to Windows 10 and Xbox One. However, if...

September 20, 2017

At Xbox’s showcase event for the Xbox One X earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go hands-on with a game I’ve been trying to go hands-on with for years now – Cuphead. At every event I’ve seen it at, since it’s started to become available to play, it’s always been one of the indie titles that draws the largest crowd, with the longest waits. It’s not hard to see why, as the game’s art style is utterly unique, drawing up on 1930’s Fleischer-era cartoons. It’s been seven years in the making, and three years since it was initiall...

September 20, 2017

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider launched on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam this week and we got stuck into it as soon as Bethesda sent out the review code on launch day. In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider you play as Billie Lurk, one of Dunwall’s most infamous killers. Using some new abilities that we’ll get in to later and a special knife, Billie is tasked with killing a god. Typically in games like this, an explanation is required as to why you have no powers or abilities given your somewhat heroic past. In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider it is explained that prot...

September 19, 2017

Where other racing series (*cough* Gran Turismo *cough*) have struggled to consistently make an impact over the years, the Forza series has genuinely gone from strength to strength, and on a yearly release schedule to boot. Alternating between mainline Forza Motorsport titles, and the free-roaming romps of the Forza Horizon series, there’s been nary a weak link in the chain since the franchise’s inception, and that looks set to continue with what looks to be the Xbox One X’s first must-have title, Forza Motorsport 7. Earlier this month, I went hands-on with the game...

September 19, 2017

2K Games has today released the first WWE 2K18 gameplay trailer. WWE 2K18 is due out next month and looks to be one of the most action packed wrestling games to date with a massive roster of 172 WWE S...

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 18, 2017

Cricket Australia and Big Ant Studios have today officially announced a new Ashes Cricket game. The video game will feature both men’s and women’s cricket teams, and extend the traditional rivalry beyond the boundaries and into your lounge room this summer. The first cricket game to be fully licenced from Big Ant Studios is launching simultaneously on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam. Check out the new Ashes Cricket game announcement trailer below:   The new Ashes Cricket game will utilise photogrammetry technology, which enables photo-real likenesses of the c...

September 15, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when all the heavy hitters are gearing up for their holiday launch period, and therefore we get greeted with wonderful things such as this, the Call of Duty WWII PC Open Beta. Today we can confirm the minimum system requirements straight from the lion’s mouth of Activision, as well as what to expect in the upcoming Call of Duty WWII PC Open Beta. The Call of Duty WWII PC Open Beta will begin on September 29 on Steam, giving the developers the chance to stress test core gameplay systems and online backend infrastructure at scale, provide PC fans with...

September 15, 2017

Another day, another Assassin’s Creed Origins trailer, this time featuring the Order of the Ancients. Explore ancient Egypt and discover that you can’t sit and do nothing while your countr...