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

Elite Dangerous reintroduces the series’ classic villains

The Thargoids. Their very name should strike fear into the hearts of veteran gamers that cut their teeth playing the original space-combat trading game, Elite, back in the 80s. Many a commander lost their nerve in witch-space having encounters the mysterious Thargoids.

Now they are back. Continue reading Elite Dangerous reintroduces the series’ classic villains

Project CARS 2 puts the pedal to the metal

The guys at Slightly Mad Studios have done it- they’ve created a racing game virtually indistinguishable from real life.

For a game that I found uncomfortably similar to the it’s predecessor during my initial preview earlier this year, Project CARS 2 is exactly the game it should be. The developers have obviously drawn upon some of the criticism of the last game, providing a far better user interface and better support for controllers. Continue reading Project CARS 2 puts the pedal to the metal

Back on the ice with NHL 18

EA Sports continue their new season of sports sims adding this year’s ice hockey extravaganza, NHL 18, to the line-up.

A favourite of mine, EA’s NHL series has been entertaining fans for nearly 25 years. Whilst the first current-gen iteration was a bit feature-poor, in subsequent years the franchise has gone from strength to strength. Continue reading Back on the ice with NHL 18

Agents of Mayhem PC review

Saints Row spin-off, Agents of Mayhem goes all out and turns the action up to eleven.

When Volition’s first Saints Row came out as an Xbox 360 exclusive, it filled a gap in the crime genre pre-Grand Theft Auto IV. Unlike Rockstar’s GTA game, with Saints Row, I found that the Volition had confused satire with slapstick. Continue reading Agents of Mayhem PC review

Astro A20 Wireless Headset incoming

Over the weekend, at PAX Prime in Seattle, Astro Gaming revealed their new Astro A20 Wireless Headset.  PAX-goers got a sneak peak of the new headset, the companion to Astro’s A10 Gaming Headset. Continue reading Astro A20 Wireless Headset incoming

Madden NFL 18 review

It’s that time again, as EA Sports starts its annual barrage of sports sims, all polished and updated for the new season. Kicking things of nicely is the latest iteration of their American Football franchise, Madden NFL 18.

And this year it’s all change. Continue reading Madden NFL 18 review

F1 2017 PC review

For the Formula One World Championship, the 2017 season really has changed everything. Rule changes allowing more down-force has allowed drivers to push their cars harder, making races faster. This has changed circuit characteristics to the point that some turns can now be taken at such speed that they are not really turns at all.

In Codemasters’ F1 2017, we have the most exciting Formula One game to date. Continue reading F1 2017 PC review

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