• 01 Jul

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrhfbJpp3o DEVELOPER: Vanillaware PUBLISHER: Aksys Games PLATFORM(S): Vita

      Muramasa Rebirth Review

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrhfbJpp3o DEVELOPER: Vanillaware PUBLISHER: Aksys Games PLATFORM(S): Vita

    • 26 Jun

      Within 24-hours, the Australian Classification Board (ACB) has banned Saints Row IV and State of Decay, the first two titles refused classification since the implementation of an R18+ rating for video games on January 1st, 2013. Saints Row IV - according to the ACB - was refused classification based on “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context” and “elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards,” of which no cited infringement was officially detailed further. We [...]

      Saints Row IV & State of Decay Refused Classification in Australia

      Within 24-hours, the Australian Classification Board (ACB) has banned Saints Row IV and State of Decay, the first two titles refused classification since the implementation of an R18+ rating for video games on January 1st, 2013. Saints Row IV - according to the ACB - was refused classification based on “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context” and “elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards,” of which no cited infringement was officially detailed further. We [...]

    • 24 Jun

      At the 2013 E3 the general public were finally introduced to the successive generation of consoles; the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. As expected, this included the typical marketing hyperbole spewed forth by each respective industry reps, unnoticed were their off-screen handlers reigning their charges in with an incessant leash held tight. Wading through the PR laden drek, the conferences, the demos and developer interviews and their ilk; to then surmise relevant information from the major conference, assessing whether [...]

      What is Next-Gen Gaming?

      At the 2013 E3 the general public were finally introduced to the successive generation of consoles; the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. As expected, this included the typical marketing hyperbole spewed forth by each respective industry reps, unnoticed were their off-screen handlers reigning their charges in with an incessant leash held tight. Wading through the PR laden drek, the conferences, the demos and developer interviews and their ilk; to then surmise relevant information from the major conference, assessing whether [...]

    • 20 Jun

      Post-E3, the consensus from the gaming community at large were near unanimous. Celebrating Sony and the PlayStation 4 (PS4) whilst equally cursing Microsoft and the draconian noose suffocating Xbox One (XONE) advocates. As Giant Bomb reports, rumours speculate multiple sources hinting at Microsoft to announce the complete removal of most, if not all imposed DRM policies associated with the upcoming next-gen console. These changes include; No mandated online requirement No mandatory 24-hour authentication for gaming Discs will no [...]

      Xbox One-Eighty: Microsoft to Reverse Xbox One DRM Policy?

      Post-E3, the consensus from the gaming community at large were near unanimous. Celebrating Sony and the PlayStation 4 (PS4) whilst equally cursing Microsoft and the draconian noose suffocating Xbox One (XONE) advocates. As Giant Bomb reports, rumours speculate multiple sources hinting at Microsoft to announce the complete removal of most, if not all imposed DRM policies associated with the upcoming next-gen console. These changes include; No mandated online requirement No mandatory 24-hour authentication for gaming Discs will no [...]

    • 16 Jun

      Beyond the powerful introduction that beautifully informs the tone from beginning to end, The Last of Us commissions players into a one long escort mission without it feeling like one long escort mission. Inside the militarized quarantine zone of Boston, our smuggler Joel is acquiesced into delivering 14-year old Ellie into the waiting arms of the rebellious militia, the Fireflies, across the United States. Divulging any further would venture deep into spoiler territory and it’s always best to avoid wherever [...]

      The Last Of Us Review

      Beyond the powerful introduction that beautifully informs the tone from beginning to end, The Last of Us commissions players into a one long escort mission without it feeling like one long escort mission. Inside the militarized quarantine zone of Boston, our smuggler Joel is acquiesced into delivering 14-year old Ellie into the waiting arms of the rebellious militia, the Fireflies, across the United States. Divulging any further would venture deep into spoiler territory and it’s always best to avoid wherever [...]

    • 14 Jun

      E3 2013: ‘Game of Show’

      One word to evaluate the entirety of E3 2013: Safe. It’s disheartening to admit despite being the most exciting E3 in years. The euphoria of next-gen consoles and games, and a litany of  brand new IPs should be an idyllic time to celebrate the gaming industry. Upon further reflection, I ponder the question as to whether we’ve fully grasped the concept of next-gen gaming? Personally, I was left wanting. By no means am I not [...]

    • 12 Jun

      E3 2013: The Games – ‘Conference Edition’

      This post is less a critical analysis and more celebration of games that we can experience in the next-generation of gaming. Undeniably the big-three Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – despite a lack of on-stage theatrics – delivered when it came to games and here are my cyclical top 5 titles from each press conference (regardless of genre, first-party, third-party, exclusivity, multi-platform or even the current state of development). XONE: Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain [...]

    • 12 Jun

      I was hoping to separate my coverage of Microsoft, PlayStation and Nintendo as the top competitors vying for audience’s living room during the major press conferences at E3. I originally thought this would be a dead even heat in terms of the next-generation “console war,” but by the end of official proceedings the mood shifted more to flogging a dead horse. Microsoft kicked off day-zero proceedings with a solid presentation of games; a promise fulfilled [...]

      E3 2013: The Consoles – ‘Microsoft vs Sony’

      I was hoping to separate my coverage of Microsoft, PlayStation and Nintendo as the top competitors vying for audience’s living room during the major press conferences at E3. I originally thought this would be a dead even heat in terms of the next-generation “console war,” but by the end of official proceedings the mood shifted more to flogging a dead horse. Microsoft kicked off day-zero proceedings with a solid presentation of games; a promise fulfilled [...]

    • 07 Jun

      Next-Gen Nonsense: Xbox One, Part Two

      I was hoping to reserve Part Two of my Next-Gen Nonsense series for E3, but Microsoft seem intent on hobbling their way to the big press conference next week. Not satisfied with one bloodied foot, they deem it appropriate to shoot themselves once again. This is in response to the new press release from Microsoft addressing details of connectivity, licensing and privacy. 24-hour mandatory DRM / 1-hour if not on your ‘home’ console; This isn’t a big deal [...]

    • 07 Jun

      DEVELOPER: Dontnod Entertainment PUBLISHER: Capcom PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, X360

      Remember Me Review

      DEVELOPER: Dontnod Entertainment PUBLISHER: Capcom PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, X360

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