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E3 2016: Forza is heading Down Under

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Following the success of Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2, Microsoft announced during their E3 Briefing that Forza Horizon 3 will be for the Xbox One and Windows 10. However, unlike the previous games, which were set in USA and Europe; this time the festival will be set in Australia. Seen in the announcement trailer, the Horizon Festival will take place in various locations around Australia, encapsulating the beauty of […]

E3 2016: Microsoft goes big with Gears of War 4

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Kickstarting Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Briefing, Rod Ferguson from The Coalition announced new information about one of their upcoming game, Gears of War 4. The game will feature a new gamemode called Horde 3.0, an update version of their horde mode from previous games, and new multiplayer options. Gears of War 4 will be one of Microsoft’s new initiative: Xbox Plays Anywhere – allowing gamers to cross-play between their Xbox One […]

E3 2016: ReCore characters introduced and new gameplay

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At the Xbox E3 2016 briefing, we got our first look at ReCore gameplay. One of the most refreshing trailers shown last year, we finally get introduced to the characters you’ll be seeing in the game. The game is being developed by Armature Studio alongside Keiji Inafune and his team at Comcept. The game takes place in the dangerous world of Far Eden, where we play as Joule Adams, one of the last remaining […]

E3 2016: EA Play Press Conference Recap

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Electronic Arts kicked off E3 with their EA Play event, showing off new gameplay for Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 and many of their sports titles. We also got a behind-the-scenes look at the games they have in development like Mass Effect: Andromeda and a big lineup of Star Wars games  by many EA studios. The CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson hosted the EA Play event in LA, with Peter Moore co-hosting at […]

E3 2016: Titanfall 2 includes Single Player, New Pilot & Titan abilities and a Multiplayer Beta

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Kicking off E3 at the EA Play presser, Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment showcased new multiplayer and single player gameplay for the upcoming Titanfall 2. Titanfall 2 introduces a much more chaotic multiplayer experience that lets players manoeuvre around the battlefield much quicker with the addition of the grappling hook – letting you scale buildings with ease. The sequel introduces new pilot weapons, gadgets and abilities, character customisation and six new Titan frames, each with […]

E3 2016 Press Conference Schedule for Australians

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E3 is right around the corner, and its that time of the year where the biggest names in gaming get a chance to show off what they’ve been working on. For the majority of us who aren’t able to go to the actual event in LA, the press conferences have always been livestreamed. But unfortunately for Australians (and other countries on the other side of the globe), the times are quite inconvenient […]

Ubisoft Drops the Cinematic Trailer + Release Date for WatchDogs 2

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Ubisoft has given WatchDogs fans an in-depth look at their next installment of the franchise, WatchDogs 2, through a 20 minute livestream this morning. The game will be released on the 15th of November, 2016, with a demo of the game being revealed at E3 this year. The cinematic trailers and in-game footage establish the colourful and vibrant San Francisco as the context for the life of Marcus Holloway, Oakland-born hacker spiteful after […]

HANDS ON: Below lives up to the hype with a stunning artstyle

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I try to avoid really dense games when I’m at a games expo, mainly because it’s hard to get invested in a beautiful world when there’s a queue behind you, but I couldn’t resist a taste of Below from Capybara Games. With a killer art-style, music by Jim Guthrie, and gameplay that’s deeper than you’d think, Below is a 2D RPG Roguelike that feels like the next big indie-treat. It’s sharp, […]

HANDS ON: Hacknet is unashamedly technical about hacking

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Hacknet will probably be not for everyone. When our gaming writers Adrian, Ashton and Gabriel first played the game at PAX Australia, they kept saying it was not for them. They did, however, think it was more suited towards me. And they might be right. Hacknet is the latest game from Surprise Attack Games, and comes from Adelaide-based Team Fractal Alligator. The main plot sees you follow the instructions of a […]

HANDS ON: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

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Tin Man Games are back at PAX Australia this time showcasing their latest game, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and we had the opportunity talking with the developer, Neil and his team while sampling an early build of the game. Similar to other games produced by Tin Man Games, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a retelling of the classic adventure gamebook of the same name, written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston, leading […]

HANDS ON: Armed with Wings: Rearmed

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At this year PAX Australia we were given a brief opportunity to talk with the sole developer Daniel Sun and got to try our hands on his upcoming 2D puzzle-platforming game, Armed with Wings: Rearmed. The playable demo at PAX featured selected levels from the story mode, teaching the players the basic controls; and survival mode – where players test their wit and endurance against waves of enemies. The game’s art […]

HANDS ON: Hollow Knight

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I love a well done indie game, and there were games galore at the Indie Pavilion at PAX Aus this year. One of the games featured in the PAX Indie Showcase was Hollow Knight, a 2D atmospheric platforming title created by Team Cherry. Team Cherry are a developer group from Adelaide who created the basis for Hollow Knight in response to the Game Jam prompt “beneath the surface.” I chatted […]

HANDS ON: Death Squared

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We managed to get our first hands-on with Death Squared, one of the featured games in this years PAX Indie showcase. Death Squared, developed by SMG Studio, is basically a co-operative puzzle game for 2 or 4 players but can also be played with just one player. So Chris and I teamed up for some co-op and tried it out for a few rounds. The goal being to get our blue and […]

HANDS ON: Blockpocalypse

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The PAX Rising section of the show floor has a huge selection of couch multiplayer games, and one that caught my eye was Blockpocalypse by Dime Studios. A pixel-art platformer, Blockpocalypse is a four player party game, that includes cooperative and competitive modes. In my play session, I got a chance to try out the survival mode where all players must work together to keep away from the lava that is […]

HANDS ON: Space Dust Racers

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At PAX Rising, I got a chance to check out Space Dust Racers, from local indie developers Space Dust Studios. Inspired by racing games like Micro Machines, Mashed and Mario Kart, the studio wanted to create a couch multiplayer game that could be played with family and friends, and include more than just four players on one screen. It has been a while since we have seen a top down racing game, […]