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PUBG and Bots: The Epilogue

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PUBG and Bots: The Epilogue

PUBG and Bots: Good or Bad?

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PUBG and Bots: Good or Bad?

The law of diminishing returns in the console arms race

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The law of diminishing returns in the console arms race

How GTAV on Xbox Game Pass makes sense

How GTAV on Xbox Game Pass makes sense

How GTAV on Xbox Game Pass makes sense

There's only so many times Ubisoft can rescue their games

There’s only so many times Ubisoft can rescue their games

With the recent announcement from the developers at Ubisoft of their plans to improve Ghost Recon Breakpoint after the general negativity towards the game since launch I really wonder if management…

The dumpster fire that is the Atari VCS

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The dumpster fire that is the Atari VCS

Forza Horizon and Top Gear makes for a good combination

Forza Horizon and Top Gear makes for a good combination

I have to give the developers at Playground Games a lot of credit for how they keep finding way of bringing me back to Forza Horizon 4. Much like Turn 10’s work on evolving Forza Motorsport 7…

My time buying games with the "Australia Tax"

My time buying games with the “Australia Tax”

My time buying games with the "Australia Tax"

Is the Apex Legends Battle Pass for casual gamers?

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Is the Apex Legends Battle Pass for casual gamers?

Thoughts on Google's Stadia

Thoughts on Google’s Stadia

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week Google threw their hat into the ring with their own take on the future of gaming. Called Stadia it combines a number of Google’s services int…

Blood, bombs and rogues round out February 2019's Xbox Games with Gold

Blood, bombs and rogues round out February 2019’s Xbox Games with Gold

Blood, bombs and rogues round out February 2019's Xbox Games with Gold

Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Four Impressions (So Far)

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Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Four Impressions (So Far)

Avengers: Endgame trailer FINALLY arrives

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Avengers: Endgame trailer FINALLY arrives

First Forza Horizon 4 Expansion arrives December 13

First Forza Horizon 4 Expansion arrives December 13

Microsoft's X018 event had plenty of surprises in in for fans but there were a fair share of announcements too. In the case of Forza Horizon 4 we got our first glimpse at the first of the game's expansions. Take a look at the video below to see the details plus news of additional cars…

Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Four arriving December 11

Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Four arriving December 11

It looks like the year will end on a high note for Elite Dangerous players with the final chapter of the Beyond series of updates due to arrive on December 11. With enhancements to mining and exploration and support for communities through squadrons it is hopefully a substantial close to a year of regular updates…

Squadron 42 shows its roots in the new trailer

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Squadron 42 shows its roots in the new trailer

Dolby Vision is now available for the Xbox One, on selected TV models

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Dolby Vision is now available for the Xbox One, on selected TV models

How to improve The Crew 2

How to improve The Crew 2

The Crew 2 is one of the games of 2018 I was most looking forward to playing. In what has to be quite disappointing, the game does miss the mark in some places. It doesn't seem to take advantage of the huge open world it has provided, and in turn distinguish it from other games…

Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Three Impressions (so far)

Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter Three Impressions (so far)

Note: The following are just my thoughts of the game during my regular play and aren't meant to be an in depth breakdown of the latest update. I've spent quite a few hours now since the release (see details here) of the latest chapter in Elite Dangerous' new season of content and it does feel…

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2018) - Impressions

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2018) – Impressions

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2018) - Impressions

Reviews & Impressions

Kiwi Design Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset Stand (IMPRESSIONS)

Kiwi Design Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset Stand (IMPRESSIONS)

After months of leaving my Quest 2 VR headset and the touch controllers lying haphazardly on a small table I decided to buy a stand to proudly display it After a bit of research I came across a wel…

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Impressions)

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Impressions)

Comprised of a number of ex-Rare members, Playtonic Games first game Yooka-Laylee back in 2017 leveraged much of what made Rare’s own classic 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie so popular and it bec…

Xbox Series S (Impressions)

Xbox Series S (Impressions)

The holidays turned out better than expected considering the year we’ve all had and many in my corner of Australia were at least able to spend time with family after months of missing out. Af…

Cyberpunk 2077 (Early Impressions)

Cyberpunk 2077 (Early Impressions)

There was a surprise update to my Amazon order only a couple of days ago and before I expected it I found that my own copy of Cyberpunk 2077 was delivered and I was on my way to installing it on my…

Gears Tactics (Impressions)

Gears Tactics (Impressions)

Gear Tactics is a squad based strategy game where you observe your team from above and give them orders to try and make the best use of the environment for taking on foes and completing your object…

Xbox Series X (Impressions)

Xbox Series X (Impressions)

Now that my Xbox Series X has been sitting in its new home for the past week it’s time to start talking about Microsoft’s latest addition to their console family. I’ve already spe…

Tacoma (Review)

Tacoma (Review)

After enjoying my time a lot on Deliver Us The Moon I thought I’d try out a similar game in the genre, Fullbright’s Tacoma. The developer’s previous game Gone Home pretty much def…

Anthem (Late Impressions)

Anthem (Late Impressions)

Before going into my thoughts on the game itself it’s probably worth a brief recap… Bioware’s once hopeful online shooter Anthem has received quite a beating since its release in …

Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Impressions)

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Impressions)

Xbox Console Streaming (Early Impressions)

Xbox Console Streaming (Early Impressions)

Xbox Console Streaming (Early Impressions)

Outer Wilds (Impressions)

Outer Wilds (Impressions)

Originally I remember Mobius Digital’s Outer Wilds being a bit of an enigma after being announced at Xbox’s E3 2018 presentation. For those who watched on Mixer it was bundled in as a g…

GRID (The Late Review)

GRID (The Late Review)

In 2019 for the first time in almost a decade Microsoft elected not to release a Forza game. Forza Motorsport 8 will most likely be a Xbox Series X launch title out later this year. In 2019 Codemas…

Call of Duty: Warzone (Impressions)

Call of Duty: Warzone (Impressions)

When Activision finally stepped up to get Call of Duty into the free-to-play space they certainly didn’t skimp on the effort because my impressions of what’s been achieved with Warzone …

Nier: Automata (Impressions)

Nier: Automata (Impressions)

After Scalebound’s cancellation it seemed PlayStation 4 owners got the better end of the situation with PlatinumGames’ “other RPG” Nier: Automata arriving to plenty of accla…

Deliver Us The Moon (Review)

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Deliver Us The Moon (Review)

Halo MCC, Reach Edition (Impressions)

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Halo MCC, Reach Edition (Impressions)

Rage 2 (Impressions)

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Rage 2 (Impressions)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Review)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Review)

Note: for an additional perspective on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, please check out our previous impressions post. After years of promises and false starts EA, with the help of Titanfall develope…

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Impressions)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Impressions)

For the first time this year I paid full price for a game. That game was Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Other than me being a Star Wars junkie, what sold it for me was another gamer compared this ne…

Destiny 2: New Light (Impressions)

Destiny 2: New Light (Impressions)

Destiny 2: New Light (Impressions)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Impressions)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Impressions)

Taking on the role of an insurance adjuster might not sound like the most thrilling of personas for a video game but when it involves investigating a lost ship and the fates of its sixty crew membe…

The Outer Worlds (Impressions)

The Outer Worlds (Impressions)

Obsidian’s latest RPG is out and from what I’ve played so far of The Outer Worlds it feels like the perfect game for anyone who’s been missing a single player Fallout. And I will …

World War Z (Impressions)

World War Z (Impressions)

When Left 4 Dead arrived on PC consoles it left me with lasting impression of what I expected from co-op games. Putting up to four players together in a mini campaign where everyone has to look aft…

Dead Rising 4 (The Late Review)

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Dead Rising 4 (The Late Review)

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (The Late Mini-Review)

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (The Late Mini-Review)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Mini-Review)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Mini-Review)

After the massively successful Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and then the development hell the game went through to its eventual release this last month there was a lit…

Hollow Knight (Mini-Review)

Hollow Knight (Mini-Review)

It seems to be a great time to be a gamer if you’re a fan of the “Metroidvania” genre. With its use of expansive maps and a progress curve that gradually opens up areas as you acc…

Void Bastards (Review)

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Void Bastards (Review)

Vampyr (The Late Review)

Vampyr (The Late Review)

Back in the second half of 2018 a narrative driven RPG came out called Vampyr. I was curious at the time of release, but because I had so many other games still to finish, I held off on a day one p…

We Happy Few (Review)

We Happy Few (Review)

It’s been almost three years when I had first seen We Happy Few, the dystopian adventure from Compulsion Games. Since its first appearance on Xbox Game Preview, the game underwent a lot of ch…

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Review)

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Review)

Star Wars: Republic Commando (The Late Review)

Star Wars: Republic Commando (The Late Review)

EDIT: this post was previously published as “Playing Republic Commando on Xbox One X”. With the new month here another batch of Games with Gold titles arrived too. One of these was an o…

Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS One (Review)

Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS One (Review)

It's been a while since I last played flight sims on my PC using a joystick. I had an old Saitek Cyborg 3D that was nigh on indestructible however the march of progress would eventually be it's undoing as it required a game port connector (pre USB). Now that I've been regularly playing Elite Dangerous…

Rampage Arcade1Up (Review)

Rampage Arcade1Up (Review)

There's plenty of gamers who have fond memories of going to arcades and standing in front of their favourites chewing through coins. Whether it be Street Fighter II, Golden Axe or Pac-Man a lot of good memories were thanks to those games and though modern consoles can easily surpass the capabilities of those systems it's…

Grand Theft Auto V (The Late Review)

Grand Theft Auto V (The Late Review)

Note: We actually reviewed this more than five years ago when it first landed on the Xbox 360. Incredible as it may seem the game remains a dominant force in the market so when I returned to it again with the Xbox One version it seemed appropriate to review it again and see what's changed.…

Ghost Recon Wildlands (The Late Review)

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Ghost Recon Wildlands (The Late Review)

Red Dead Redemption II (Review)

Red Dead Redemption II (Review)

No doubt you've already read and/or watched quite a bit on Rockstar Games latest opus, Red Dead Redemption II. A few days ago I finally finished the single player portion of the game, while more recently delving into Red Dead Online. Let's get this out of the way first. This is Rockstar Games finest game, and for…

Dead Cells (Review)

Dead Cells (Review)

A platform game that measures your life expectancy in minutes then sends you all the way back to the start again the moment you die probably sounds at first like a bit of a sick joke. Then you start playing Dead Cells and realise the joke's on you and you've spent the last two hours…

Gator Rush Expansion - The Crew 2 (Mini Review)

Gator Rush Expansion – The Crew 2 (Mini Review)

Gator Rush Expansion - The Crew 2 (Mini Review)

Forza Horizon 4 (Review)

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Forza Horizon 4 (Review)

The Golf Club 2019 (Review)

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The Golf Club 2019 (Review)

Mission Impossible: Fallout (Review)

Mission Impossible: Fallout (Review)

Continuing on from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) IMF team is once again saving the world. After a mission where they are trying to retrieve stolen plutonium cores goes wrong, they are forced to face off against a new faction that spawned from the remains of the recently defeated Syndicate and want…

Retro Gaming

Homebound: New gems for the Atari 8bit collection

Homebound: New gems for the Atari 8bit collection

Finding new additions to my Atari 8bit collection happens on occasion when I see something unique or a version I always wanted. Thankfully on eBay recently I was able to do both with a couple of ca…

Homebound: A couple more Retro Gaming Books

Homebound: A couple more Retro Gaming Books

While I’m smashing through my latest gaming books I was also looking back at others I have sitting on my bookshelf and I really felt like talking about them too. I held back initially because…

Homebound: A couple of Retro Gaming Books

Homebound: A couple of Retro Gaming Books

The need for a little more social isolation lately has likely introduced plenty of bad habits but it’s also helped me get back into some more positive ones such as reading again. Thankfully t…

Homebound: My Top Ten Atari 2600 Games

Homebound: My Top Ten Atari 2600 Games

The Atari VCS/2600 was the first games console I was introduced to and would help lead to years of time spent playing on other Atari systems before I moved into the wider world of games. It’s…

Homebound: More time with Rare Replay!

Homebound: More time with Rare Replay!

Going through piles of shame while stuck at home can feel like an endless battle. And when you’re also taking into account compilations such as Rare Replay that offer a substantial number of …

Homebound: My Top Ten Arcade Games

Homebound: My Top Ten Arcade Games

Being stuck in the house for the last few weeks has meant I’ve been gaming a little more than usual and my modded Arcade1Up has given me plenty of distractions. Converting to a RetroPie based…

A story about an Atari computer club

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A story about an Atari computer club

Polymega and its intriguing spin on retro consoles

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Polymega and its intriguing spin on retro consoles

Bringing back a Commodore 64 – Part 5: The Games

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Bringing back a Commodore 64 – Part 5: The Games

Greatest Games

Greatest Games: Tetris

Greatest Games: Tetris

The history of this Russian sourced stack-em-up is an interesting tale to tell which I could never do justice to though the Wikipedia page is a good place to start. Created by Alexey Pajitnov in 19…

Greatest Games: Populous

Greatest Games: Populous

Populous box cover for the Atari ST. Long before his incredibly lofty goals in gaming became its own topic of conversation, Peter Molyneux and the team at Bullfrog Productions (including Glenn Corp…

Greatest Games: Out Run

Greatest Games: Out Run

Back in the mid to late 80's there was a popular children's television show here that had kids facing off against each other on a number of popular arcade games. This was the perfect time for Sega's "Super Scaler" arcade machines to blow little kid's minds away with Space Harrier (1985), Thunderblade (1987) and Afterburner…

Guides

Quick and easy points in Forza Horizon 4

Quick and easy points in Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 goes out of its way to reward you for the various ways you can travel through it's virtual countryside and the points you earn can go to making your cars even better at racking up those big scores. But sometimes you just want to earn enough to get a couple of expensive…

Greatest Games: Tetris

Greatest Games: Tetris

The history of this Russian sourced stack-em-up is an interesting tale to tell which I could never do justice to though the Wikipedia page is a good place to start. Created by Alexey Pajitnov in 19…

Greatest Games: Populous

Greatest Games: Populous

Populous box cover for the Atari ST. Long before his incredibly lofty goals in gaming became its own topic of conversation, Peter Molyneux and the team at Bullfrog Productions (including Glenn Corp…

Homebound: New gems for the Atari 8bit collection

Homebound: New gems for the Atari 8bit collection

Finding new additions to my Atari 8bit collection happens on occasion when I see something unique or a version I always wanted. Thankfully on eBay recently I was able to do both with a couple of ca…

Homebound: A couple more Retro Gaming Books

Homebound: A couple more Retro Gaming Books

While I’m smashing through my latest gaming books I was also looking back at others I have sitting on my bookshelf and I really felt like talking about them too. I held back initially because…

Homebound: A couple of Retro Gaming Books

Homebound: A couple of Retro Gaming Books

The need for a little more social isolation lately has likely introduced plenty of bad habits but it’s also helped me get back into some more positive ones such as reading again. Thankfully t…

Homebound: My Top Ten Atari 2600 Games

Homebound: My Top Ten Atari 2600 Games

The Atari VCS/2600 was the first games console I was introduced to and would help lead to years of time spent playing on other Atari systems before I moved into the wider world of games. It’s…

Homebound: More time with Rare Replay!

Homebound: More time with Rare Replay!

Going through piles of shame while stuck at home can feel like an endless battle. And when you’re also taking into account compilations such as Rare Replay that offer a substantial number of …

Kiwi Design Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset Stand (IMPRESSIONS)

Kiwi Design Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset Stand (IMPRESSIONS)

After months of leaving my Quest 2 VR headset and the touch controllers lying haphazardly on a small table I decided to buy a stand to proudly display it After a bit of research I came across a wel…

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Impressions)

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Impressions)

Comprised of a number of ex-Rare members, Playtonic Games first game Yooka-Laylee back in 2017 leveraged much of what made Rare’s own classic 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie so popular and it bec…

Xbox Series S (Impressions)

Xbox Series S (Impressions)

The holidays turned out better than expected considering the year we’ve all had and many in my corner of Australia were at least able to spend time with family after months of missing out. Af…

Cyberpunk 2077 (Early Impressions)

Cyberpunk 2077 (Early Impressions)

There was a surprise update to my Amazon order only a couple of days ago and before I expected it I found that my own copy of Cyberpunk 2077 was delivered and I was on my way to installing it on my…

Gears Tactics (Impressions)

Gears Tactics (Impressions)

Gear Tactics is a squad based strategy game where you observe your team from above and give them orders to try and make the best use of the environment for taking on foes and completing your object…

Xbox Series X (Impressions)

Xbox Series X (Impressions)

Now that my Xbox Series X has been sitting in its new home for the past week it’s time to start talking about Microsoft’s latest addition to their console family. I’ve already spe…

Tacoma (Review)

Tacoma (Review)

After enjoying my time a lot on Deliver Us The Moon I thought I’d try out a similar game in the genre, Fullbright’s Tacoma. The developer’s previous game Gone Home pretty much def…

PUBG and Bots: The Epilogue

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PUBG and Bots: The Epilogue

PUBG and Bots: Good or Bad?

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PUBG and Bots: Good or Bad?