A short history of Australian game development and innovation

The industry has done more than people credit it with.

Preview: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Shaping up to be something special.

Feature: Australia's games industry in 2015

Where the big opportunities are.

Atelier Ayesha Plus (Sony PlayStation Vita)

Our first 5-star game of the year.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I had hours of hands on time with The Witcher 3... and spent it playing the card game minigame

The Witcher 3 previewPreview by Matt S.

The media was recently afforded the opportunity to sit down for a couple of hours to experience the opening sequence in The Witcher 3 ahead of its February release. We were ushered into a room, given controllers and set down to play through the opening tutorial and visit the game's first tiny hamlet to complete a few missions and side quests.

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary is looking gloriously melancholic

News by Matt S.

The name is unpronounceable, but don't let that put you off hotL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, because this PlayStation Vita exclusive is looking breathtaking.

Going hands on with Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires previewPreview by Matt S.

The Empires sub-series of the Dynasty Warriors franchise has always been my favourite. Taking the entertaining action that the franchise has been so well known for, and then adding in some light empire building, management and tactical strategy has always been a match made in heaven for me. This is especially true now that Koei Tecmo has apparently given up on localising the Romance of the Three Kingdoms franchise into English and it looks like Empires is the closest we'll be getting into the future. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Resident Evil HD Re-master (Sony PlayStation 4)

Resident Evil HD Re-master ReviewReview by Jedediah H.

Resident Evil, the original PlayStation 1 classic, is responsible for moulding me into the bravest of precociously chiselled boys. A frail representation of awkward 1996 childhood, I had no clue as to what I was screaming myself into when I, with my best friend and his mother, picked up a copy of the game from our local Blockbuster Video.

Let's all be awed by the all-star horror team behind NightCry

News by Matt S.

NightCry is a game that needs to be made. It's currently hunting a massive $300,000 on Kickstarter, but with the talent behind it surely it's going to be a truly special horror game.

Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation (Sony PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sister's Generation reviewReview by Matt S.

A PlayStation Vita re-release of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia made a lot of sense. The original game, released way back in 2010 on the PlayStation 3, was a great concept but a terrible game.

The proud (and long) history of innovation in Aussie games

Article by Matt S.

When people talk about innovative game industries, they're almost certainly going to think of Japan and America (the US and Canada, specifically). Between the likes of Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Square Enix, Atari and others a lot of the history of game development owes itself to those two regions in the world.

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.

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