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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 […]

HANDS ON: SMG Studio brings One More Line & Thumb Drift to PAX Australia

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SMG Studio are showcasing a couple of their games at PAX Australia. Death Squared is featured in the Indie Showcase, which is a co-operative puzzle game, whereas their other two titles One More Line and Thumb Drift are more fast paced that focuses on timing and precision. One More Line is a one button timing game where you have to swing around nodes and release at the right time to […]

PAX Australia 2015 – Cosplay Part 1

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The first two days of PAX Australia are done and dusted, with only a single day to go. Here’s the best cosplay we found on the show floor. We’ll be posting more articles and picture compliations throughout the weekend – so keep a lookout. If you like these photos, why not share them with your friends? Don’t forget, you can follow our coverage at our event hub or through Twitter and […]

HANDS ON: In ‘Agent A’, your mission is to catch Ruby La Rouge

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I am a huge fan of puzzle games; and when I get to PAX Australia, I always try and get my hands on any puzzle game from the Indie Showcase. So, when I read the description of Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise, I knew I had to come and play it. Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise is developed by the Melbourne-based Yak & Co, and is a spy themed puzzle […]

Bethesda surprisingly underwhelming at PAX Aus 2015

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The Bethesda booth on the floor of PAX Aus this year is nothing short of an extravagant sight. Wanderers are greeted by a great vault door, slid aside to allow entry into a huge, dark, soundproof box. (It’s fairly obvious that their main focus this year was on Fallout 4. Maybe.) The line for entry into this box was a 30 minute wait, if you were lucky enough to make […]

Twitch viewers are going to try and install Linux

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First we had Twitch Plays Pokemon. Then we had Twitch Plays <insert game here>. Now, Twitch viewers are going to have a chance to collaborate and install Arch Linux. What could possibly go wrong? And yes, that was a rhetorical question. Everything can – and probably will – go wrong once it starts. Just like Twitch Plays Pokemon (and the many, many, many variants), it will put the most popular […]

HANDS ON: Battleborn

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Gearbox Software, the developers of the Borderlands series, are showing off their latest title Battleborn at PAX Australia, giving players a look at the co-operative story mode. The game includes 5v5 multiplayer modes, a wide variety of heroes to choose from, and fast-paced and explosive action. Here are the opinions of our gaming team, who had a chance to play it on the show floor. Adrian With most MOBA-style games I […]

HANDS ON: Rise of the Tomb Raider

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We got our first look at Crystal Dynamics’ newest Tomb raider title, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which continues the story of Lara Croft following the 2012 reboot of the franchise. The playable demo at the Xbox Booth at this year’s PAX Aus featured Lara, making her way through a small tunnel before emerging into a larger tomb below. As she progressed throughout the tomb, Lara appears to be following in […]

HANDS ON: Tom Clancy’s The Division – Three Years in the making

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At this year’s PAX Australia, we finally managed to get our first hands-on of Ubisoft’s third-person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division. The playable demo on the Xbox One consisted of a short playable tutorial where a team of three players could enter the Darkzone, a quarantine zone located in the centre of the map which serves as the game’s multiplayer section. Within the Darkzone, teams would gun through small factions of Bandits and […]

Nuketown lives in Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Just announced by Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops III will feature Nuketown as a playable multiplayer map as a pre-order bonus. A fan-favourite map, Nuketown first appeared in the Call of Duty series in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops, while making a subsequent appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops II – under the name: Nuketown 2025. This iteration of Nuketown, stylized as Nuk3town because the three makes it more futuristic and appeals […]

HANDS ON: SUPERHOT – Timing is everything

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With the main focus of PAX Australia is indie games, Xbox has allowed us the opportunity to try SUPERHOT as part of their ID@XBOX. SUPERHOT is a first person shooter which a unique twist: time moves when you move. This key gameplay mechanic makes this came similar to a puzzle-esque game, akin to like Portal. The premise of the game is very simple – you are an unnamed person who […]