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eXtended Play: Dead Island: Riptide PC review

eXtended Play: Dead Island: Riptide PC review
Vacation from hell- part 2

When there’s no more room in hell the dead will ruin your holiday. Well, at least that is what Dead Island: Riptide developers Techland would have us believe in their gore-fueled follow-up to the zombie-fest Dead Island. My Dead Island: Riptide PC review was originally published on the pages of the other week. I thought it would be the perfect review to eXtend and reprint here.

Two years ago Techland’s co-op first-person zombie slasher, Dead Island, surprised us all. Coming seemingly out of nowhere the game garnered a sizable amount of praise, in spite of arriving with more than its fair share of bugs. Continue reading eXtended Play: Dead Island: Riptide PC review

God of War: Ascension PS3 review

God of War: Ascension Review
Good Kratos!  special guest contributor Judalene Cheetham returns with another game review. Jude has traveled all the way back to ancient Greece to bring us the secret origin of the PlayStation’s iconic anti-hero, Kratos.


God of War: Ascension is a PlayStation 3 exclusive third-person action-adventure game that is brutally fun and takes you into a world of Greek mythology and madness. Being the fourth entry into the hugely popular series, God of War: Ascension has a lot to live up to but does the game ascend Mount Olympus or should it be sent to the depths of the Underworld.

For any one unfamiliar with the God of War series, Ascension is as good a place as any to start. It begins one cut scene into the first game. So all you need to know is you are Kratos, a Spartan super-soldier, who sells his soul to Ares, the God of War. After much deliberation Kratos decides to ditch the son of a bitch. And it is on this premise you set out acquiring trinkets, solving puzzles and last, but sure as hell not least, killing all manner of absurd creatures. Continue reading God of War: Ascension PS3 review

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch PlayStation 3 Review

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch PlayStation 3 Review
PS3 exclusive JRPG

As a massive fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibi, it pains me to say that I never had the time to play Namco Bandai’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The game’s art style will be totally familiar to anyone that has enjoyed Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke or the delightful Kiki’s Delivery Service. After reading guest reviewer Judalene Cheetham’s review below, it only makes me want to play it even more.


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a PS3 exclusive third person Japanese RPG developed by Level 5 Inc. It’s a fresh and fun take on the genre. It takes many different elements and makes them work together harmoniously.

You start off as a normal boy in a normal town, getting up to mischief as normal. Powers beyond your world bring about a sad event which leads to you discovering that you’re a wizard and destined to save not only your world but that of your weird lantern nosed doll. Continue reading Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch PlayStation 3 Review

Dead Space 3 PC Review

Dead Space 3 PC Review
Third time’s a charm

I haven’t done a PC review for a while, but having a newly reinvigorated gaming rig is changing all that; and what better way to start than to take a look at EA Games’ sci-fi horror splatter-fest, Dead Space 3. The following review should be up on’s Games Console pages anytime soon, but it the meantime you can check out the all the gory details below.

Dead Space 3 continues the unfortunate adventures of Starship engineer Issac Clark, and his battle against creatures called the Neromorphs. Set in 25th Century, the Dead Space series is a third-person sci-fi horror game very much in the style of the Doom franchise, but borrowing from films like the Alien movies and John Carpenter’s The Thing. Continue reading Dead Space 3 PC Review

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance Xbox 360 Review

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review
Raiden’s back!

Who doesn’t like the Metal Gear solid games? Their quirky, often incomprehensible plots coupled with sometimes strange Japanese-style gameplay places them a fair bit away from the mainstream. But despite being so different, it hasn’t stopped the Metal Gear franchise from being very successful on the west.

The recently released Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which I reviewed for Shane the Gamer, is probably the most westernised, and thus the most accessible game in the Metal Gear series to date. Revengeance is most definitely what you see is what you get. And, whilst this more action-leaning approach may upset long time fans of the series, Revengeance’s more mainstream gameplay makes for en excellent jumping in point for new player.

Check out my full Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review, below: Continue reading Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance Xbox 360 Review

Tomb Raider: Xbox 360 Review

Tomb Raider Xbox 360 Review
Lara’s Back!

The last week has been a nightmare for me. As one of the first folks in Australasia to get my mitts on the new Tomb Raider game, I was sworn to silence until the embargo was lifted earlier this week. Imagine not being able to speak a word about a game that you have been wait the best part of a decade to play! With my gag finally removed here is my review of Lara Croft’s sparkly-new adventure. Enjoy.

I can’t believe that it has been seventeen years since Lara Croft first burst onto the scene and became an overnight pop-culture phenomenon. Back in the day I spent hours following Lara’s pixelated arse from tomb to tomb thinking that gaming couldn’t get better than this. Continue reading Tomb Raider: Xbox 360 Review

Far Cry 3 Xbox 360 Review

FarCry 3 Box art
Welcome to the jungle

Grant Cheetham returns to Vic B’Stard’s State of Play with his review of Ubisoft’s sandbox shooter, Far Cry 3. Welcome to the jungle.

Far Cry 3 marks Ubisoft’s attempt to re-enter into an already over saturated first person shooter market. The integration of open world to the first person shooter genre with the addition of some RPG elements is what makes this game somewhat different to the rest.

You play as Jason Brody, an American thrill-seeking tourist. The game starts off with you and some friends separated and captured by pirates while skydiving on a holiday. As it turns out skydiving onto a pirate infested island wasn’t such a good idea. Your objective is to escape then find and rescue you’re missing friends. Continue reading Far Cry 3 Xbox 360 Review

Assassin’s Creed 3 Xbox 360 Review

Assassin's Creed 3 boxart
AC3: Game of the Year?

In his first foray into Ubisoft’s historical sci-fi series, State of Play’s new boy Grant Cheetham reviews Assassin’s Creed III on XBox 360. Take it away Grant!

Assassin ‘s Creed III is Ubisoft’s fifth major installment in the series. Having not played the previous games, the idea of starting this late in the series initially seemed daunting. Ubisoft however did a great job at welcoming new players into the series.

If you haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed game before basically you play as an assassin, a group of super freaky climbers who fight for freedom and peace. Their adversary, the Templars, seek order and control, mostly through morally questionable means. This game combines history and science fiction with a ton of conspiracy theories thrown in. The gameplay is that of an action-adventure with a focus on climbing and stealth. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 3 Xbox 360 Review