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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.

August 31, 2018

Next month’s free subscription games are looking good across both services! Xbox Games With Gold subscribers will be treated to Prison Architect & Livelock, while Playstation Plus subscribers will be treated to Destiny 2 & God of War 3 Remastered.

July 25, 2018

Arcade basketball game NBA Playgrounds is coming back for 2018, and it's partnering with the biggest basketball game in the world. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 releases later this year for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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 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...

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...

April 15, 2015

With Rock Band 4 looming over the horizon, Activison announced the revival of its own rhythm game series: Guitar Hero. The latest iteration, Guitar Hero Live, will be developed by Freestyle Games (developers of the DJ Hero games), and will be hitting the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and mobile in Spring 2015. Activision and Freestyle Games are positioning this as a major reboot of the dormant series, and are introducing a host of new concepts and mechanics. The guitar controller has been redesigned; gone is the five coloured fret buttons, in their place are two rows of three buttons. Wh...

April 10, 2015

In a world of Skylanders and amiibo, the latest brand to enter the interactive physical figurine front is LEGO as Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced LEGO Dimensions. LEGO Dimensions is arguably the most ambitious project within the LEGO video game series, where physical LEGO brick building will merge with interactive console gameplay. Not only that, but many characters and environments based on the likeness of movies and original series will for the first time be able to co-exist. “Now for the first time in a videogame, LEGO fans can play in the ...

March 13, 2015

(In brief) Respawn Entertainment is working on a sequel to 2013 first person shooter Titanfall. The studio’s founder and CEO Vince Zampella confirmed development in an interview with IGN, also m...

March 12, 2015

As part of Sega’s initiative to become more of a digital publisher, they have today announced a brand new downloadable title, Tembo The Badass Elephant. What’s surprising about the title is that it’ll be developed by Pokemon developers Game Freak, and hitting the PS4, Xbox One & Steam later in 2015. The game is a 2D action title where you play as the eponymous elephant, as he’s called in to save Shell City from the mysterious organization PHANTOM. It also looks to have a vibrant colour palette and looks drastically different from just about every title that Game Freak h...

March 3, 2015

After years of service in other parts of the world, global streaming giant Netflix will finally be making its Australian & New Zealand debut on March 24th. While no pricing information was released, there was plenty of important information for prospective local customers. When the service launches on March 24, you’ll not only be able to access Netflix from its website, but also through your PS3 & PS4, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Wii U, Apple TV, iOS & Android Smartphones and Tables, and will work with Google Chromecast devices. Netflix has also announced that customers of iiNet & Internode nee...

February 18, 2015

Bandai Namco certainly is busy. Just a few weeks ago I was sitting down and getting some quality time with CD Projekt’s The Witcher 3 (released May 19th), and now here I am checking out more of the publisher’s games. This time, I had opportunity to sample some upcoming releases. Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the latest entry in the long series of Dragon Ball games; the next-gen release of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, and the highly-anticipated racing sim Project CARS. Dragon Ball Xenoverse Dragon Ball has a lot to answer for. Well, mainly just two things: The clips of the show ...

January 22, 2015

After a somewhat quiet period for The Elder Scrolls Online, as well as the console versions being missing in action, Bethesda has announced a refreshed version of their MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. It’ll be hitting PC/Mac/PS4 & Xbox One in early June. The biggest change to TESO is the subscription & pricing model. The game won’t require an on-going subscription fee, but you will need to purchase a copy in order to play it (similar to EA/Funcom’s The Secret World). The games does offer a subscription service, in the form of ESO Plus – which provi...

January 22, 2015

Microsoft unveiled more details of the upcoming Windows 10 OS in a media briefing on Thursday morning local time. The new operating system will mark a renewed push to integrating gaming with Windows. The highlight from this will be the ability to stream Xbox One gameplay onto a local Windows 10 computer or tablet. Selected games will also support cross-platform gameplay between Xbox One and PC versions; the first title to feature this will be Fable Legends. Microsoft has not confirmed if cross-buy support will also be implemented. Microsoft also unveiled its move into augmented and virtual re...

January 14, 2015

Rockstar Games has delayed the release of the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V to 24 March. GTAV PC was previously scheduled for release on January 27; before this, it was intended to launch with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One editions. “Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be,” said the company on its Newswire, “Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone...