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Is NBA 2K18 a slam dunk? – PS4 review

This year my counterpart in New Zealand and myself swapped reviewing duties when it comes to this year’s basketball games. Traditionally, or at least for the last couple of years I’ve reviewed EA’s NBA Live rather than NBA 2K. For the first time in a while, I’ve got to check out what 2K have been up to in NBA 2K18. Continue reading Is NBA 2K18 a slam dunk? – PS4 review

Small, but perfectly formed: the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Whilst keen to take a look, I wasn’t entirely sure where a Bluetooth speaker would fit into my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite partial to streaming Spotify to my Samsung M7 or to my Yamaha home theatre system.

I was surprised, however, just how useful (and super cool), the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker was. Continue reading Small, but perfectly formed: the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider PS4 review

The first Dishonored game was an outstanding mix of stealth with more than a tip of the hat to Bioshock. Beautiful to look at, we were lucky to have it. The Knife of Dunwall and The Bridgemore Witches expansions, which followed Empress Jessamine Kaldwin’s assassin, Daud, established Arkane Studios as masters of their art. Continue reading Dishonored: Death of the Outsider PS4 review

Absolver PC review

Parisian studio, Sloclap’s debut title, Absolver is a melee combat game set in a beautifully-realised land, with more than a hint of Dark Souls about it.

The first time I tried Absolver, it was just a curious dabble. I often do it. When I’m supposed to be finishing off the review for one game, another bit of review code arrives, and I just can’t help myself but to take a look.

First impressions were good, surprisingly good. I love a game that takes a chance with its art style and Absolver does just that- even if I’ve seen a similar look before in Fumito Ueda’s long-in-gestation, The Last Guardian. Continue reading Absolver PC review

Gran Turismo Sport exclusive Sydney preview

Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo is the grand-daddy of racing sims. For us old timers, the jaw-dropping visuals of the first iteration back in 1997 heralded a completely new type of racing game with real-world physics and photo-real cars.

Twenty years later, the newest incarnation, Gran Turismo Sport, enters a very different market, a racing genre dominated by some serious heavy hitters. Over the last few months we’ve seen the likes of Codemasters’ superb Dirt 4 and Formula One 2018 games, as well as Slightly Mad’s fantastic Project CARS 2. In just under a week Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 7 also hits the shelves.

The big question for me is what extra, when it releases on 18th October, can Gran Turismo Sport bring to the table. Continue reading Gran Turismo Sport exclusive Sydney preview

HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap review

HTC asks owners of its Vive VR kit to put down another two hundred bucks for a Deluxe Audio Strap.

Whilst there’s no doubt in my mind that the HTC Vive offers the best VR experience available right now, it’s not the most comfortable device to strap to your noggin. Out of the three main VR devices, the HTC Vive’s standard elastic strap is by far the worst mounting method. Top marks for comfort go to the PlayStation VR then followed by the Oculus Rift. Continue reading HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap review

Small, but perfectly formed – Alienware 13 laptop review

Alienware’s latest incarnation of their 13-inch laptop packs a powerhouse of a PC within the tiny chassis.

There was a time when I’d have laughed at you for suggesting that I gaze at a computer monitor smaller than 21-inches. Times have changed, and whilst I’m happy with three 27-inch monitors for the desktop rig, when I’m on the move, I want compact. Continue reading Small, but perfectly formed – Alienware 13 laptop review

Farpoint PSVR hands-on preview

Sony’s PlayStation VR gets a potential first-person killer app with Farpoint from developers, Impulse Gear. I got to take a good look at the game at a special PlayStation AU preview event.

Regardless of what the marketing chap from Sony said as he introduced us to the Farpoint hands-on session, about the PSVR only being six months old, we have now passed the one-year anniversary of the launch of this modern wave of virtual reality.

Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on PC have just celebrated their first birthdays. In the last year, I’ve played enough VR to be over the initial mind-blow sensation of being transported to a virtual environment. I’m not longer just seeking “experiences”, I’m keen to see proper AAA games.

For PlayStation VR owners, fingers-crossed, Farpoint could be the one. Continue reading Farpoint PSVR hands-on preview