Ashton Bernard

Gaming Editor

Ashton Bernard is one of the people part of our Pwnage team, who writes and breathes video games.


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: 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 […]

Halo 5 at Gamescom 2015

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There’s been a plethora of Halo 5 news coming out Gamescom’s press event so lets take a look at some of their more important announcements. I’ve already covered the new announcement of “The Pink and Deadly Edition” but other bundles and information were released out of Cologne. First of the bat is the new Xbox One Halo 5 Guardians Limited Edition Bundle and Halo-themed Astro headsets. The Xbox One console features […]

New Halo 5 themed bundle announced at Gamescom 2015

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The Pink and Deadly Edition is an exclusive offer made by British retailer GAME and costs a total of £449.99. A steep figure for even an Xbox One bundle. Unfortunately it is unlikely that the bundle will be entering other regions as it is not an Xbox-related bundle but only specifically offered by the retailer themself.  For those of you who can get your hand on “The Pink and Deadly Edition” you […]

Konami once again drawing attention. This time, strict worker conditions

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A recent report released by the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shimbun aka Japan economic newspaper) has pointed the spotlight once again on Konami, this time for its tightly monitored work conditions. Employees at Konami are constantly monitored by internal cameras to ensure they are working at all times and are unable to gain access to WiFi, with their only means of communication coming through intranet e-mail to contact other team members […]

Batman: Arkham Knight – First Season Pass details

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Alongside the recent announcement of the digital-only Premium edition of Batman: Arkham Knight, new details of the Season Pass have recently emerged. In a recent Facebook announcement made by Batman Arkham, some early details of the content Arkham fans can expect post launch have been revealed for the first time. Whilst the information is quite conservative at this time there is a large focus on narrative-based stories which were unable to be […]

HANDS ON: ID@Xbox features heavily at PAX Australia

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Microsoft’s recent push for indie development was on full display at this years PAX Australia. Whilst Xbox’s massive booth devotes a fair proportion of space to Sunset Overdrive, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the rest of the space is dedicated to indie developed games. The ID@Xbox space featured many locally developed games such as the popular Screencheat, and E3 2014 showcased games such Ori and the Blind Forest and […]

HANDS-ON: Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U

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When I heard Super Smash Bros for Wii U was available at PAX AUS 2014, I was ecstatic given the long amount of time between the last installment of the series. In fact, my first article on TechGeek was about the impending release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and – in spite of the shoddily-written article (seriously it is complete crap!) – my level of anticipation was high. After playing a few […]

HANDS-ON: Evolve at PAX Aus 2014

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2K’s hotly anticipated Evolve has personally been one of my favourite titles showcased at this year PAX Australia. Whilst we were able to get a quick hands-on before the hordes of excited PAX Australia attendees were permitted into the expo hall on Friday, it has been damn near impossible to get an even closer look at this unique 4 vs. 1 shooter. Before I jump into our experiences with the game, let’s […]

HANDS ON: PAX Australia Indie Showcase – Part 1

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Every year at every PAX event, they choose a small number of indie developers to be featured as part of their Indie Showcase. At this year’s PAX Australia, a panel of gaming industry peers had to choose six of the best out of the nearly 100 submissions – and Ashton Bernard and Adrian Cajili have written their quick thoughts on them. Screen Cheat (Samurai Punk) Melbourne developers Samurai Punk’s newest […]

E3 2014: Halo 5: Guardians teaser and beta announced

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With previous reports that Halo 5: Guardians was slated for a 2015 release it was a welcome sight to see the game teased out since its inaugural showing at last years E3. Whilst there wasn’t any glimpse of gameplay we did get a nostalgic throwback to the Chief’s accomplishments through the eyes of Agent Locke, one of the major protagonists featured in Halo 5: Guardians. From the first mission in […]

E3 2014: Next Halo Journey is… everything Master Chief

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Earlier this year rumors circulated that Halo 2 anniversary was to launch at its 10 year anniversary whilst Master Chief’s story would continue into 2015 in Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries, however, revealed something far more expansive than previously believed. Not only is Halo 2 getting the full the “Halo CE: Anniversary-treatment” but every other Master Chief storyline is going along with it. That means Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo […]

Titanfall: Ogre Titan reveal trailer

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EA has just released a new trailer for their highly anticipated first person-shooter Titanfall. The Official Ogre Titan Reveal Trailer describes the origin of the Titan machinery as a product of “Hammond Robotics.” The Ogre is featured as a hulky, reliable battle tank capable of withstanding a huge amount of damage without compromising its offensive performance. Titanfall drops on Xbox One and PC on March 11th in the US and on […]

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