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Game Culture NZ
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It’s been a few weeks now since my last daily gaming news item for Game Console on

My new-found spare time has enabled me to get on with tieing up loose end in the likes of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Batman: Arkham City in preparation for the imminent arrive of their sequels. I’ve also had a chance for some quality time playing the fantastic Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings, a game that I overlooked when first released. Continue reading Game Culture NZ

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Xbox 360 review

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood cvoer
Ezio and the gang

I’m currently well and truly caught up in the hype for November’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Having reviewed the last two Assassin’s Creed games, I’d be buggered if I’ll spoil the gaming experience by have to rush though Revelations in order to shit out a review for a web deadline. No, I’ve got my Assassin’s Creed Revelations Animus Edition for the Xbox 360 all reserved nicely, as every smart gamer should and I’ve going to play it in my own time.

Now I could wax lyrical about Assassin’s Creed all day. In fact I’ve already written some, which I’m going to publish on this very blog at a later date. For now all I’ll say is if you have a PlayStation 3 but no PlayStation Plus subscription, go and bloody buy one, you tight sod, and then download the Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer beta as if you life depended on it. Do it now, and once you’re done come back here are read my Assassin’s Cred Brotherhood Review, as (possibly*) previously published in Game Console magazine.

As always, enjoy. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Xbox 360 review

Assassin’s Creed Revelations available now on PS3

Assassin's Creed Revelations
Turkish Delight

Assassin’s Creed multiplayer fans used to sitting in empty game lobbies in the hope of finding a game can rejoice this weekend.

Ubisoft has released a closed beta of their Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer game for New Zealand PlayStation Plus subscribers. Stating today (3 September), eligible PlayStation 3 owners can download the 2.5GB file from the PlayStation Network. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed Revelations available now on PS3

L.A. No more

LA Noire
Hell-A Noire

LA Noire developer, Team Bondi has apparenty gone into administration.

UK gaming vetrans, Computer and Video Games are reporting that according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission the Aussie developer went under on 26th August. Continue reading L.A. No more

Halo’s Warthog gets the Top Gear treatment

Forza 4 Warthog
I want one

Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken host of BBC’s Top Gear, recons he knows a thing or two about cars.

It’s not surprising that Jeremy is a little on the back foot as he tries to give the staple tranportation mode of the Halo series, the venerable Warthog, the Top Gear treatment. Continue reading Halo’s Warthog gets the Top Gear treatment

Game Console news roundup at final edition
Game Console News

Last week was sadly my last week writing the daily gaming news for the Game Console section of

Whilst I’ve had a blast reporting on the gaming scene for New Zealand gamers, it was time to move on a try something new. Hopefully I’ll have the odd item on the site again in the future.

Whilst changes have been afoot (more on that soon), I’ve not had the time to do my usual Game Console news roundup. So, for the second time in four weeks, I present two weeks worth of my gaming news snippets. Continue reading Game Console news roundup at final edition

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed 2 Review Xbox 360

Assassin's Creed
Renaissance man

After my  Assassin’s Creed 2 hands-on with Patrice Désilets over at Ubisoft’s Sydney headquarters, I later had the opportunity to review the game for NetGuide magazine.

Playing the game in the comfort of my own home, and not (badly) in front of the game’s creative director was a lot less nerve-racking. What’s amazing about the Assassin’s Creed series is just how much each game improves over the last. Whilst Assassin’s Creed was a very intelligetnly written game, it only really served as a prelude to the incredible gaming experiences that were to come.

Check out my review from the pages of Game Console, below. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed 2 Review Xbox 360

Warthog in Forza 4?

Top gear

Check out this bit of Halo 4/ Forza 4 news from yesterday (that got lost in my inbox).

The developers at Turn 10 Studios, creators of the highest-rated racing franchise of this generation and 343i have partnered together to create an incredible Halo fan experience with the inclusion of the iconic Warthog in Forza Motorsports 4’s breath-taking new Autovista experience. Designed to showcase and offer an unprecedented interactive experience with some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, Autovista lets players walk around, interact and learn about vehicles in a way no other game can. Fans who pick up Forza Motorsport 4 will be treated to a first look at the Halo 4 model Warthog and an interactive experience narrated by none other than the voice of Cortana. Forza Motorsport 4 releases in NZ on Oct. 13. Continue reading Warthog in Forza 4?