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Grand Theft Auto V [5 Minute Review]

For every success that Rockstar achieves with Grand Theft Auto, the next title must feel like a hard act to follow; critical acclaim, while surely welcome, is a heavy burden to bear. GTA V builds upon the strengths of the … Continue reading

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The Last of Us [5 Minute Review]

The Last of Us: the swansong of the seventh gen. Heavy praise and high reviews are aplenty for the not-quite-a-zombie-game-but-it-feels-like-a-zombie-game, and despite my scepticism of the hype and the generally positive mainstream reviews, The Last of Us truly did manage to tick … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Colossus [5 Minute Review]

Shadow of the Colossus is not a complicated game. The objectives and style of gameplay rarely change over the course of the elementary storyline, and character progression is limited to slightly increased stats. Conquering each Colossus, however, yields a sense … Continue reading

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Spies vs. Mercs Impressions [PAX AUS 2013]

The original Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer component in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow was an ambitious attempt at 2v2 cat-and-mouse. ARGUS mercenaries, fitted out with heavy hitting rifles and offensive weapons, were pitted against swift and stealthy SHADOWNET spies, who were in … Continue reading

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PAX Australia 2013: One-Day Rundown

PAX access was provided by Multiplayer United. The day has come. PAX has finally hit our shores, and it may not even matter that most of the information coming out of the expo has already been covered in earlier events. … Continue reading

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Ico [5 Minute Review]

How can I manage my expectations with Ico? Heavily praised, well reviewed, and featured in several “greatest games of all time” lists: Ico is an intriguing game, considered by many critics to be more art than entertainment. I’ve been meaning to play … Continue reading

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Why Xbox Fans are called “Gropers” in Japan

Shoutouts to Kotaku, who used (and credited) my image of Xbox 360 titles sold in Japan. If only I could just quit my day job and travel the world looking for cool gaming stuff to photograph…

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Saints Row IV first computer game Refused Classification

Well, that’s just great. Apparently, the grounds for the refusal were: In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit … Continue reading

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Pause-Resume: Red Dead Redemption

Confession-time again: I never finished Red Dead Redemption. Even worse, I can’t think of a decent excuse why I let this one fall to the wayside. I think I was burned out on the detail.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations [5 Minute Review]

Want to know something I regret? I slogged through Revelations just so I could be up to speed in time for Assassin’s Creed 3. In my defence, the other Assassin’s Creed sequels up to that point were respectable – the … Continue reading

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