Forza 3 ready for launch and now with extra Warthog!

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The worldwide release of Forza Horizon 3 is coming up on Sept. 27 (and four days earlier on Sept. 23 for Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition owners), and today we crossed the latest milestone ahead of launch: Forza Horizon 3 has officially gone gold!

Over the past six weeks, in our Forza Garage series, we’ve introduced all of the 350+ vehicles that will be arriving for Forza Horizon 3 at launch. Well, almost all of them. Today, we’re unveiling a unique addition to the Forza Horizon 3 line-up, a vehicle that has long been requested by both the Forza and Halo communities. For the first time in any Forza game, you can now drive the most famous ground vehicle in the Halo universe – the Warthog! Continue reading

Skylanders Imaginators – new trailer

Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands’ greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.

Skylanders Imaginators Release Date: October 13, 2016 in Australia/New Zealand

CoD Black Ops III, PS4 review

BO3_packIf a review score just came down to the amount of content on offer in a game, the latest Call of Duty outing would be an 11 out of 10. The new multiplayer, bombastic campaign and the returning Zombies Mode are all packed with hours of pop-gun action. But does a sheer volume of stuff, mean that quality has been overlooked?

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, was a phenomenon that changed console gaming forever. A stellar single player campaign and a multiplayer experience that set the new gold standard for online gaming. Suffice to say I loved it. But since then, my love for the Call of Duty games has slowly been eroded with each yearly iteration. Considering the resources and money thrown at Black Ops 3, I had high hopes. And, some of my hopes have come to fruition, especially in relation to the Multiplayer and Zombies Mode. Unfortunately, the all-important single player experience is complete nonsense.

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NBA 2K16 Review, Xbox One

NBA 2K16 - CoverThe latest outing for the NBA2K franchise is here. And as usual it makes reviewing a tad tough. Not because it is bad, or good for that matter, but because it is the same. I could easily just copy and paste last years review because the same points are valid again this year. But lets face it, why change a good thing, well a mostly good thing.

Guess what? Yup, that’s right, the face scan is still bollocks! At least it got my bald head right this year, other than that we have a zombie generator. So don’t bother, just use the pre-set options and edit until you are happy. You may find it quicker than the tedious scanning process anyway. Again there is way too many game options for a casual basketball player like myself to take in or even look at. From trading cards to coaching, it is all a bit overwhelming. And to take away any desire to look further into these areas are the poor graphics for your house, I mean crib, and coach areas. It is obvious that all effort went into the on court aesthetics.


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Driveclub, PS4 review

As seen on Twitter: “The first rule of Driveclub. You don’t talk about Driveclub”.

DRIVECLUB_packDriveclub, it’s a name that has been around for a while. Originally mooted as a PS4 launch title and an impressive looking flag bearer, then it was delayed, then that delay turned into a year. Even now, there is no sign of the parallel launch of the free PS+ version and now a month after a slippy start laced with updates the servers are getting traction.

So, now the game is playable where does it sit in the pack?

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Shadow of Mordor, PS4 review

So Shadow of Mordor wasn’t a Middle-Earth themed homage to another open world series after all.

SoM_packThere’s a single moment that makes every Peter Jackson Middle-Earth movie worthwhile for me, that moment is at the end of Fellowship of the Ring where Aragorn steps out to face an Uruk-Hai warband singlehandedly. He draws his sword, snarls and wades in at a glorious slow motion pace.

My favourite single scene in all those films and Shadow of Mordor lets me be just like Aragorn in that scene, every single time I play it. The Rangers of Middle-Earth play small, but significant parts and this game shows just how brutally skilled they were, encouraging a mixture of play styles and delivering satisfaction by the bucket.

Taking the envelope of Tolkien’s worlds, then pushing it to see how far it can go is a familiar theme and Shadow of Mordor is no different. The story follows Talion a Ranger of the North, who, after a swift enough introduction finds himself undead and on a mission of revenge in the land of Mordor, where shadows lie.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, PS3 review

I’ll be frank, this review required a bit of background work to find out who “JoJo” is and why on earth he has his own video game.

JoJo_packTurns out “JoJo” is kind of a big deal in Japan. And even more surprisingly, “JoJo” isn’t one person, but refers to a powerful supernatural family called, the “Joestars”. They are the centre-piece of a long running Manga series called “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures”. First appearing in 1986, it’s now a phenomenon which is entrenched in Japanese Manga culture and gives countless hours of spikey haired entertainment through comics, novels, anime and obviously video games.

Now an appreciation is held as to why this game exists. We can look closer into JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, and its unapologetic oozing of personality and niche charm. Continue reading

Fuse review, (xbox360)

A third person team based co-op preferred shooter, does the world need another?

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Take four special ops specialists with particular skill trees, spoon on some irreverent humour and throw them in a twisty plot of subterfuge. Add to that the mysterious alien substance known as Fuse and suddenly life is like a box of combos. The game is an interesting bag of tricks, there are things about it that are pretty exciting, well, at least lots of fun and there are things about it that just feel perhaps a little insulting considering it is 2013 and we’ve been playing games like this for a while now.

Fuse is shiny, the graphics are bold, colourful and remind me very much of the style of Timesplitters, the writing does its job and the voice acting is suitable. Initial stages take you deep into an underground base on a rescue, where you come across the Fuse weapons, all four of them that are tailor designed for each of your team. Handy coincidence? Check. Continue reading

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein has a special place in my heart, throw in mechs and robots and saving the free world, well – I’m in.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is an action-adventure shooter that reignites the franchise widely recognised for pioneering the genre. Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled for release in Q4 2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and next generation consoles.

Sydney, Australia – May 8, 2013 – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, has announced a new title, Wolfenstein®: The New OrderTM, an action-adventure shooter slated for release in Q4 2013.  The game is being developed by MachineGamesTM, a studio comprised of seasoned developers known for creating compelling, critically-acclaimed story-driven games. Wolfenstein has been widely credited for helping establish and popularize the first-person shooter genre, and Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of this franchise – offering players a gripping and dramatic experience.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, xbla (Guest Reviewer)

Kiwi ex-pat Chris Leggett takes time away from the coffee grinds of Seattle to relive happy memories of grinding rails with skateboarding legend Tony Hawks.

Sometimes, gaming remakes can serve as jarring reminders of why some fond memories are perhaps best left as such. But when successful, they can potentially cement the achievement of the original game as a timeless experience.

Thankfully, the core gameplay of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD (THPSHD) reveals itself to be just as engrossing and addictive in 2012 as it first did back in 1998. Not even its sequels, with their incremental refinements, have reduced this classic to anything less than bottled lightning. Barely tiring from repeated sessions, this is arcade gameplay exemplified, and it’s great to see it holding up so well in this day and age. Continue reading