Samurai Warriors 4 (Sony PlayStation 4)

The best Warriors game in years

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Xbox 360)

Rise wants you to buy this game. Do what Rise says.

Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS)

The brawler goes portable

EB Expo 2014

All the games from Australia's own show

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (Vita)

Review by Nick H.

Depending on your personal sensibilities, it is possible that the young women showing plenty of skin in Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus will be distracting or even offensive. However, if you focus on that aspect of what Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus has to offer, you might be missing out on the game's best asset - its entertaining combat.

Aussie veteran studio, Tantalus, turns 20

News by Matt S.

One of Australia's veteran development studios has turned 20. Tantalus, based in Melbourne, has been in operation since the Super Nintendo, and continues to pump out the hits today.

Review: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Microsoft Xbox 360)

Review by Nick H.

A year ago, I had a chance to play the first Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures game. That title had some flaws, fitting uncomfortably between being too hard for really young players and yet feeling watered down for the more experienced platforming crowd. The second iteration in this new series feels very similar to the first. If you enjoyed that title, odds are there will be enough familiar game here for you to like. The Ghostly Adventures 2 does a good job of creating a fun, colourful atmosphere with some decent exploration and challenges, without ever become must-play material.

Review: In Space We Brawl (Sony PlayStation 4)

PlayStation 4 ReviewReview by Sam M.

In Space We Brawl is quite simple in its design, which is funny because space is meant to be limitless. It takes the local multiplayer focus that made the likes of Towerfall so great and combines it with that classic that almost everyone has forgotten now - Space War - to create a multiplayer, twin-stick shooter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's a week of Miku book reviews! Day 3: Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV03 Megurine Luka Edition

Review by Matt S.

With all the coverage that we've been giving Hatsune Miku and her band of adorable vocaloids, I thought that it would be a good time to review a series of Hatsune Miku (and friends) art books by Udon Entertainment.

AnimeLab lands on Android with new dedicated app

News by Matt S.

We're big fans of Madman Entertainment's AnimeLab. This Australian rival to the likes of CrunchyRoll enjoys a deep library and, best of all, is currently completely free of charge.

Review: Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (Sony PlayStation 4)

Sleeping Dogs PlayStation 4Review by Matt S.

It would be very easy to dismiss Sleeping Dogs as yet another open world game-thing. And indeed that seems to be what a lot of people dismissed the game as being in its initial release on the last generation of hardware. It sold decently, but it was hardly a mega-hit.

Crunchyroll begins streaming Case Closed

News by Clark A.

If you're familiar with long-running anime, the name Case Closed (or "Detective Conan" if you're so disposed) should ring a bell. The popular detective fiction franchise recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and now spans more than 84 manga volumes and 750 anime episodes. Shinichi Kudo's not exactly the new kid on the block, in other words.

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Sony PlayStation 4)

PlayStation 4 Horror GameReview by Nick H.

If you are going insane, it is generally assumed you are the last to know. But, can you ever really believe what you eyes and ears are telling you? If you ignore what is in front of you, is it for the best or are you opening up the door to a horrible fate? Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut gleefully plays with your mind, and does so just in time for Halloween.

News: Pixel Rift: A beautiful pursuit for what appears as one of the most charming VR games under development

News by Jedediah H.

Do you recall during the inexperience of your childhood what you wanted to be when you grew up? I aspired to be three things (other than a samurai secret agent): a gaming journalist, a daringly burly and descriptive creative writer, and a comedic political satirist (really, I wanted to be a jack-of-all-trades in terms of writing and rhetoric, and look good whilst doing it).

Gadget Review: iHome iB50 Active Noise Canceling Headphones

Review by Nick H.

Headsets are often flashy, but they have some other very specific functions. This can range from delivering good microphone audio to software to help adjust the equalisation. These often are used on home entertainment centres or when someone is spending hours on a PC. Headphones, meanwhile, usually have a smaller set of things they focus on, attempting to provide excellent sound and comfort - often for extended periods of time on a plane or in public transit. The iHome iB50 headphones do their job well at a reasonable price, but are not the best-in-class either.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's a week of Miku book reviews! Day 2: Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 Hatsune Miku Edition

Review by Matt S.

With all the coverage that we've been giving Hatsune Miku and her band of adorable vocaloids, I thought that it would be a good time to review a series of Hatsune Miku (and friends) art books by Udon Entertainment.