All posts by Vic B'Stard

The horror continues in The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 invites players, once again, to sample Bethesda’s brand of survival horror.

2014’s The Evil Within Introduced us to Krimson City police detective Sebastian Castellanos, and a game very much inspired by Resident Evil. Of course, with Resident Evil 7, the classic horror series was rebooted, to great acclaim, for a modern audience.

Taking on board the criticism of the first game, and likely noticing RE7’s success, developers Tango Gameworks have tweaked The Evil Within 2’s gameplay. They have built on the first game to create something a lot more accessible. Continue reading The horror continues in The Evil Within 2

Sony’s 3D Creator for the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 brings 3D scanning to the masses

It takes a lot for me to get excited about a mobile phone, but Sony Mobile managed to do exactly that at a demonstration of their new 3D scanning technology. With the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo, starting with the Xperia XZ Premium and the new Xperia XZ1 in New Zealand, Sony has launched its 3D Creator software enabling, users use their phones to easily capture faces and objects in 3D. Continue reading Sony’s 3D Creator for the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 brings 3D scanning to the masses

Digging the red planet with JCB Pioneer Mars

British heavy machinery company, JCB, gets its arse to Mars.

My previous dealings with J.C. Bamford’s iconic yellow-liveried excavators includes having the Land Rover that I was charged with getting dragged out of a muddy construction site. It was a navigation mistake that resulted in both my cousin and I having to spend an afternoon hosing the excavator down to remove all the mud.

So, yeah, I know JCBs.

JCB Pioneer Mars comes across as part- Steam PC Early Access game and part-advertisement for the robust range of construction plant. Continue reading Digging the red planet with JCB Pioneer Mars

Star Wars Battlefront II review

EA Games’ DICE Studios, with the help of Criterion Software and Motive Studios have another crack at the Battlefront franchise.

2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, a reboot of the Lucasarts’ game from 2004, had a solid multiplayer element but little to nothing for solo players. For Star Wars Battlefront II, the developers are hoping to address the previous criticisms and give players exactly what they want, and that includes a solid single-player campaign. Continue reading Star Wars Battlefront II review

D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router review

As home networks are put under pressure from multiple wi-fi connected devices D-Link’s DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router makes sure everyone in the family has a fair goContinue reading D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router review

Hands on review: HP Envy Photo 7120

The HP Envy Photo 7120 is a wi-fi enabled, compact, multi-function printer. It’s mainly aimed at home user for printing photos and the odd document. Continue reading Hands on review: HP Envy Photo 7120

PAX Aus 2017 offers visitors a glimpse of what’s to come

Jammed smack-bang in the middle of the busiest time of the year for video game releases, I took some time out to fly down to Melbourne to spend a day at Australasia’s largest festival of gaming culture.

From the 27th to 29 October the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre played host to PAX Australia 2017. Catering to fans of all types, the expo showcased everything from the latest AAA video games through to collectable card games like Magic the Gathering. Continue reading PAX Aus 2017 offers visitors a glimpse of what’s to come

Need for Speed Payback Xbox One review

EA’s Ghost Studio gets us back in the driving seat with Need for Speed Payback.

Taking more than a cue from the Fast and the Furious films, the latest entry in EA Games’ veteran series plunges us head first into the murky world of underground street racers and racketeering. Continue reading Need for Speed Payback Xbox One review