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Melbourne welcomes its Star Citizens

Earlier this month Melbourne’s PAX Australia 2014 was a celebration of independent video-game development. Whilst not exhibiting at the actual show, the master of million-dollar independent games design, Chris Roberts was in town.

Star Citizen, Chris Roberts’ ambitious space combat/trading adventure game, has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the Most Crowd-funded Project (Overall), having secured $39,680,576 from fans as of 4 March 2014.

Right now that figure stands at $61,448,595, sorry… $61,448,830. The game’s website dynamically updates and they’ve earned some more money since I started writing this article. Continue reading Melbourne welcomes its Star Citizens

Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition Unboxing

So this year I opted to review the last-gen Assassin’s Creed Rogue, leaving me to savior the new-gen entry, Assassin’s Creed Unity in my own time.

I’m quite partial to getting the collector’s edition versions of my favourite video-game releases. With Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games being possibly my number one franchise, I never miss out on picking up their premium releases when I can. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition Unboxing

Never Alone developer interview: Jonathan Gregoire

At PAX Australia 2014 Microsoft were demoing some of their upcoming ID@Xbox titles. The ID@Xbox programme allows independent developers to self-publish their games on the Xbox One platform.

I caught up with Jonathan Gregoire to chat about Upper One Games’ beautiful-looking indie title Never Alone, a game created in collaboration with the indigenous people of Alaska. Continue reading Never Alone developer interview: Jonathan Gregoire

Looking back at PAX Australia 2014

Last week, for three days, the Melbourne Convention Centre played host to PAX Australia 2014- a game expo with a difference. I was there taking in the sights and sounds of what is probably Australasia’s greatest festival of gaming culture.

Born from the video gaming-related online comic-strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins the Penny Arcade eXpos have traditionally only been held in the US. The US hosts three PAX shows a year, PAX Prime in Washington (the show’s original location), PAX East in Boston and for the first time this year, PAX South in San Antonio. Last year’s Melbourne show was the first PAX to be held out of the US. Continue reading Looking back at PAX Australia 2014

Developer interview: Michael Hampden- Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Assassin’s Creed fans are in for a treat with the release of two AC games this year: Assassin’s Creed Unity on new-gen consoles and Assassin’s Creed Rogue on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Both games are out on the same day so fans with both new and last-gen consoles have some tough decisions ahead!

With Unity upping the ante with some stellar visuals, and take it from me- they are stellar, it would be easy to overlook Assassin’s Creed Rogue on 360 and PS3.

But it would be a foolish move to do so. Continue reading Developer interview: Michael Hampden- Assassin’s Creed Rogue

Alien: Isolation PC review

Be careful what you wish for. How it pains me to write that phase at the start of my Alien: Isolation Review. But that single line succinctly explains my experience with the game.

Alien: Isolation has everything I’d want in an Alien game.

Set some years after Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 Alien movie, the game cast players as Amanda Ripley- the daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. Continue reading Alien: Isolation PC review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor PlayStation 4 review

Ordinarily I’d avoid a Middle-Earth game like the plague. I’m a bit funny when it comes to fantasy games and even funnier when it comes to movie tie-ins. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is both.

To say my alarm bells were ringing as slipped the disc into my PS4 would be an understatement. Continue reading Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor PlayStation 4 review

FIFA 15 PlayStation 4 review

It’s been a bumper year for FIFA fans. The last twelve months has seen the release of FIFA 14 on last-gen, FIFA 14 again- but this time on new-gen, and then 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil back on last-gen.

Last year’s graphical boost on PS4 and Xbox One came at a cost that upset many fans of the series. Whilst many FIFA fans have transitioned over to FIFA Ultimate Team – the game’s addictive mash-up of fantasy football and digital trading cards – the absent of Tournament Mode was a glaring omission. Continue reading FIFA 15 PlayStation 4 review