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Halo 5 Guardians Review: Whose Side Are You On?

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Halo 5 Guardians Review Whose side are you on? By Adrian Cajili The wait is finally over. Adrian Cajili reviews the second part of the Reclaimer Saga. Halo 5: Guardians is the ninth installment in the Halo franchise, continuing the story of Master Chief, and introducing Spartan Jameson Locke, a playable protagonist that gives players another perspective of the events in the campaign. The game takes place a year after […]

Samsung announces its new R series wireless speakers

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Samsung has today announced the local pricing and availability of the new R Series speaker range – the R5, R3 and R1. Additionally, Samsung announced the R6 portable and R7 speaker models which feature a different design. The R series range offers high-quality and balanced sound through a circular design – dubbed The Ring Radiator – which means you can hear music and audio from all sides, no matter where […]

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

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The Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset offers everything a gamer would want in a headset. The headset boasts great sound from it’s 53mm drivers, surround sound and a detachable microphone. The headset offers your standard 3.5mm connections as well as a detachable USB soundcard (which enables the surround sound functionality) and is even compatible with consoles. Some nice inclusions include two types of ear cushions, airplane adaptor and a carry […]

HANDS ON: In ‘GoatPunks’, it’s a matter of who can stay on top the longest

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I’ve got to give credit to one of my friends (Erin) for making sure I played this game before I leave PAX Australia after three long days of covering the event – otherwise, I would have surely missed out covering this game hidden in the PAX Rising section of the show floor. GoatPunks comes from Studio Canvas, a one-man game studio from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It is a […]

Twitch is to launch a data centre in Sydney to improve video quality

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Twitch watchers will be pleased with the news coming from Twitch from this year’s PAX Australia. The live streaming website has announced that it will open a data centre in Sydney, which they say will improve how people watch Twitch in Australia. “It’s no secret that the quality of service with internet in Australia is not as good as it could be,” Chase, the PR director at Twitch, told TechGeek. “We’re bringing new infrastructure […]

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, […]

Deakin showcases motion-capture tech at PAX Australia

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For the past three years, a very small number of universities have set up stalls at PAX Australia – and they usually just distribute information about their courses in relation to games development. This year, Deakin has done something a little bit different: they are showing off their technology in its Motion Lab. You may have seen their work before. The Motion Lab was behind the Vox Lumen display at […]

HANDS ON: Armed and Gelatinous

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Armed and Gelatinous, by Three Flip Studios was turning heads at the PAX Rising area, showing off a four-player couch multiplayer game where you control a cute circular blob that can attach guns onto itself, with the objective of shooting other players for points. Playing the deathmatch mode, the aim of the game was simple, kill the other blobs for points! Everyone starts off small with the map gradually adding obstacles and crates […]

HANDS ON: Cuphead is challenging but addictive fun

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Cuphead is one of the most anticipated indies right now, most notable for its presentation, mimicking 1930s cartoons. I was able to try out the game demo on the PAX Australia show floor, which includes an overworld mode, and several difficult boss fights, from a giant carrot, to boxing frogs that transform into a slot machine. I’ve been very excited to try this game after seeing snippets of gameplay at E3 […]