Game Theory: The Roguelike

What we learn about humanity from the RPG sub-genre.

Anime review: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

A wonderful complement to the games.

Feature: Australia's games industry in 2015

Where the big opportunities are.

War and Battles (Apple iPad)

Armchair generals will love this one.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Contest! Win one of two copies of Atelier Ayesha Plus on PlayStation Vita

Contest by Matt S.

We do love giving our readers awesome games to play! Koei Tecmo has kindly provided us with two download codes for Atelier Ayesha Plus on the PlayStation Vita.

Grow Home; the game where Ubisoft goes the full indie

News by Matt S.

People like to give Ubisoft a lot of heat at times, with a host of its games from Watch Dogs to Assassin's Creed, and even Rayman and Tetris attracting plenty of criticism. It doesn't always have to do with the quality of the game, but Ubisoft has a knack for upsetting fans in one way or another.

But Ubisoft is also almost unique among the big publishers in that it actively encourages the creativity of its developers. Last year we had both Child of Light and Valiant Hearts; heartwarming or personal games developed by small teams within Ubisoft with a vision. It's also a publisher that is willing to experiment with less commercially-guaranteed games, with the likes of Might & Magic X and From Dust getting the greenlight despite being far removed from the popular mainstream formulas.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Friday ten; celebrate Australia Day with these ten local games

List by Matt S.

Everyone likes a top-10 list. They're a bit of fun, and always good for discussion. And so every so often we pull together a "top 10" list. These are here for fun and laughs - we're not pretending that we're the authority of good games taste in the world and this is purely the author's preferences. Agree with him/ her or not, it's all good.

On Monday next week it is Australia Day. For people who don't live in the country, it's basically become the day where everyone heads down to the beach wearing Australian flags and swimwear coloured in Australian flag colours. Once there they drink beers by the litre, cook up killer BBQs, and play a spot of cricket.

But other people like to celebrate Australia Day their own way, and what better way to celebrate without going into the sun than settling down for an Aussie game marathon? Here are 10 locally developed games that are available on current platforms that will help you pass the Australia Day long weekend away with.

Win one of three copies of Akiba's Trip on PlayStation 4!

Contest by Matt S.

It's our first game giveaway of 2015! Thanks to the kind people at NISA, we have three (3) copies of Akiba's Trip on the PlayStation 4 to give away.

Lionbite Games looks like its on a good thing with Rain of Reflections

News by Matt S.

Swedish startup, Lionbite, clearly has some ambition going for it. Its first title, Rain of Reflections, is looking incredible.

Trailer: Guild of Dungeoneering looks fun

News by Matt S.

Indie RPGs are a dime a dozen these days, of course, but Some of the stuff that we're seeing indies do is truly impressive. The latest title that's looking to make a name for itself in being something different is Gambrinos' Guild of Dungeoneering.

Review: Ironclad Tactics (Sony PlayStation 4)

Review by Matt S.

Game like Ironclad Tactics are a dime a dozen on mobile platforms. Billing itself as a "strategy game," Ironclad Tactics is really a casual semi-turn based experience that is briefly diverting, but it's hardly the kind of thing that you're going to sit down for and play for hours at a time.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Citizens of Earth (Sony PlayStation Vita)

Review by Matt S.

Satire is a very difficult genre for to pull of well in a game. Consider this - if you went along to a 20-hour performance from a comedian, would you find him or her as funny by the end as the start? Probably not, right?

It's the same reason that comedy films tend to be shorter than whatever Peter Jackson is shooting at the time, and it's an extension of the basic truism that a joke stops being funny when it's repeated often enough. That's the problem Citizens of Earth encounters. It's got moments of pure brilliance, but it's hard to shake the feeling that it's like a child that gets a laugh from a joke, and then repeats it over and over again hoping to get the same reaction each time.

Trailer: Are you still playing Europa Universalis IV? Prepare for El Dorado!

News by Matt S.

Europa Universalis IV is one of the finest strategy games ever produced. Epic in scope, it forms a ridiculously complex but ultimately rewarding balance of diplomatic, economic and military strategy as players look to build and then maintain an empire.

I go hands on with Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and its new girl, Honoka

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round PreviewPreview by Matt S.

Ahead of the game's official release in a few weeks, I had the opportunity to set down and really put Dead or Alive 5: Last Round through its paces, including testing the newest character, Honoka, in full. I came away even more excited for the game than I went in.

(Note: I took the screenshots in this preview using the PS4 controller's share button, and underneath each is a comparison with the PlayStation 3 Dead or Alive 5 games)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

World of Tanks Blitz gets an update for jam and scones

News by Matt S.

World of Tanks Blitz is easily the best big-budget, serious, free-to-play game on mobile platforms. Despite playing out on a smaller scale than the runaway hit PC and Xbox 360 version, World of Tanks on iOS is a superb action skirmish tank warfare game.

Don't pack away the PlayStation 3 just yet... Atelier Shallie looks amazing

News by Matt S.

It's safe to assume that the PlayStation 3 is finally going to be replaced by the PlayStation 4 in terms of sheer quality and quantity of releases this year. It's been impressive how, through 2014, the console was able to maintain such a high standard of exclusive releases, but the transition will happen in full this year.

 
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