In Spotlight

FEATURE

WE are well and truly into the year of 2023, and as the holiday season comes to a close, the team at Game on Australia have put together a cumulative list of the best available free to play games as of right now (so you can save some of the remaining money you haven’t already spent over the Christmas or holidays). World of Tanks If you’re at all familiar with the content we here at GOA push out on a fairly consistent basis, it should come as no surprise that World of Tanks is an immediate inclusion in our recommended free-to-play…

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GAMING REVIEWS

Harvestella has flown a bit under the radar since its release in early November, as the newest addition to the ever-growing ‘farming simulator’ genre from the perspective of a Triple A developer in Square Enix Harvestella is a blend of an action-RPG (with its dungeon crawling) and farming simulator, which we all know from similar games; is a recipe for success. There’s a lot of gameplay elements and tropes that you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever touched a farming sim, but there’s also some welcomed additions to the formula that the team at Square Enix have tried to use…

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ACTION

THE team at Fatshark are back with more Left 4 Dead-inspired mayhem with their newest co-op shooter: Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. Set in the brutal ugliness of the Warhammer 40k universe, we’re thrust into a plague-ridden city as a prisoner who has been tasked with discovering the ‘containing’ the outbreak in exchange for your life. It’s a really unique perspective to be playing in, as the 40k universe rarely delves into the ‘human’ perspective of things, which quickly thrusts into the chaotic action you would expect from this kind of game. Being set in the Warhammer 40k universe has its perks,…

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FEATURE

CHRISTMAS is almost upon us and there’s still a few weeks left to source some tabletop gaming gifts for the tangible gamer in your life (or drop some hints as to what you’d like to find under the tree yourself). As always, the GOA team is here to help with some suggestions, ranging from board game recommendations, to tabletop accessories for all you dice goblins and tabletop gamers out there. WINGSPAN Without a doubt, Wingspan is one of my favourite board games I’ve ever had the chance to play, and super conveniently the newest expansion/2-player variant released on December the…

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GAMING REVIEWS

We Who Are About To Die is a gladiator-themed RPG roguelike that throws you into the depths of medieval, gladiatorial-styled combat from independent developer Jordy Lakiere. Revolving around physics-based combat and directional attacks, you’ll battle your way through an endless progression of fights to earn fame and gold, or die in the process. Step aside Russell Crowe, there’s a new gladiator in town, and this one is even more entertaining. I immediately got way too attached to the idea of my initial gladiator. Each time you start, you get a randomized background story for your fighter – the motivation for…

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GAMING REVIEWS

THE newest Pokémon generation is finally upon us with Pokémon Violet & Scarlet, both of which bring a whole new divide to Pokémon fans regarding which version has the better exclusives, which starter is the best and generally whether or not this newest generation will return the franchise back to its ‘former glory’ (the correct answer to these questions are: Pokémon Violet, Sprigatito and kind-of). I’ll preface with this before I jump too far into everything (as I’m writing this retrospectively after finishing the bulk of my review). I really loved my time playing Pokémon Violet. There’s a lot gameplay…

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GAMING NEWS

[This Press Release has been provided by Wizards of the Coast and is presented by the GOA team for your information] The second chapter of Magic: The Gathering’s multi-set arc reveals the true story behind a feud that shaped the Multiverse Friday 18 November, 2022 — Wizards of the Coast today released The Brothers’ War, the latest set for the world’s oldest and best trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. The second installment to the four-part Phyrexian storyline and the first standard set to incorporate Universes Beyond with Transformers, The Brothers’ War depicts the events of one of the most…

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GAMING REVIEWS

DESPITE the confusing numerical naming conventions, McPixel 3 is the long awaited sequel to the ever-popular, crudely-humoured McPixel, a point and click adventure & puzzle solving game (if you want some insight on the un-making of McPixel 2, check this out). It’s very comparable to games like WarioWare, as you’re presented with time-based puzzles you need to solve as quickly as possible, but with a heavy emphasis on the puzzle solution being outright crude and at times; stupid. Playing as the titular pixellated hero, you need to navigate your way through secrets, quirkiness and pure stupidity to save the day…

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INDIE GAMING

IN a gift that keeps on giving (for myself at least), the latest expansion for sci-fi colony builder game Rimworld has just released. RimWorld: Biotech adds an entire slew of new features such as the ability to raise children, play with different character races and build and control entire armies of mechanoids. For full disclosure, RimWorld is one of my absolute favourite games I’ve ever had the chance to play, so I’ve been far too excited to get my hands on the latest addition to the game and do a deep-dive on it. For those unaware of the base-game, RimWorld…

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GAMING REVIEWS

There’s been a mixed bag of success when it comes to kick-starter funded indie games, but Coral Island might be one of the rare few to actually live up to everything that was promised, despite it still being in Early Access. There’s been a seemingly endless slew of farming & social simulators over the past few years, so newer titles trying to make a name for themselves really need to offer a unique experience. Coral Island achieves this in two distinct ways, by; introducing entirely new mechanics to fit their aesthetic theme, and also by building upon existing staples in the…

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ACTION-ADVENTURE

A Plague Tale: Requiem is the, gruesome, depressing, rat-infested sequel that players have disturbingly been waiting for ever since we got our hands on the harrowing journey of Amicia and Hugo back in 2019. That might be a bit of an odd way of introducing and breaking down the fundamental aspects of a game, but this is exactly what the team at Asobo Studio set out to achieve and illicit in its’ players, all of which has been ramped up to the max in the newest rendition of their blossoming franchise. The scale of rats, brutality, gruesomeness and personal suffering…

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GAMING NEWS

[This Press Release has been provided by Wizards of the Coast and is presented by the GOA team for your information] The art of music comes alive as Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc., reveals new Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair cards, designed and imagined by Grammy award-nominated 3x diamond-certified recording artist Post Malone. Secret Lair is a direct-to-consumer, limited-edition product that debuted in 2019 featuring unique themes, wild new art treatments, and unique collaborations. This highly collectible product series has become a fan-favourite and iconic showcase for the creativity and passion of artists, brands, and entertainers…

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FPS

Slime Rancher 2 has been in early access for a few weeks now, which has given me a few dozen hours of time to wrangle some slimes and cross-bread some monstrously cute creations. Monomi Park’s newest sequel to the Slime Rancher franchise shares a lot from it’s predecessor. There’s not necessarily a lot of surprises when it comes to the core gameplay, it’s just more of the same with some slime additions, new unlockables and mechanical tweaks to improve the overall experience. Continuing the slime ranching adventures of Beatrix LeBeau, we’ll set off on a journey to a mysterious rainbow-hued…

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CONVENTIONS

NOW that we’ve all collectively had a some time to rest our aching feet and catch up on some long overdue sleeps, I finally had some time to reflect on what I spent the vast majority of my time with over the weekend: indie games. I had the absolute privilege of interacting with countless developers about their beloved indie titles that for some, have been progressing over several years, and for others; are the next title in their journey as an independent studio. I had the upmost pleasure experiencing dozens of upcoming and currently released  titles, but so here is…

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OPINION

Magic: The Gathering (MTG) sets to start off it’s 30th anniversary in style, with a limited reprint product that gives players access to some of the rarest and most expensive cards in the game dating all the way back to Wizards beta set that released in 1993, with the very fair and reasonable asking price of USD$999 (approximately AUD$1,560, depending on the exchange rate). They’re not tournament legal, there’s not a guarantee you’ll get one of the few ‘good’ cards in any of your packs, and they’re in very small supply, but… I don’t even know where I’m going with…

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GAMING REVIEWS

POTION Permit is an incredibly fresh approach to the style of life simulators (with RPG elements) we’ve become accustomed to over the past few years, developed by a small Indonesian studio known as MassHive Media. If you are a fan of Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing (or really just the ‘cozy’ genre in general) this game couldn’t be more up your alley. As a genuine fan of the never-ending flow of cozy games, the high saturation of the genre can make newer games seem fairly insignificant. Potion Permit luckily stands out amongst it’s peers most – and for all the…

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GAMING REVIEWS

Clanfolk is the newest ‘Early Access’ medieval colony simulator available to the growing gaming genre, with a theme centred around a struggling clan in the Scottish Highlands. Developed by MinMax Games for PC, Clanfolk presents us with a Scottish family to look after, an empty plot of land, and one simple instruction: survive. It draws a lot of comparisons to Rimworld in a lot of ways, but also offers a healthy amount of improvements and variations that allows it to stand on its own in the growing pool of colony simulators available. If you’re unfamiliar colony simulator-type games, Clanfolk can…

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FEATURE

OVER-hype is the bane of any modern video game, and throughout recent years, there’s been an abundance of promising titles that have simply failed to live up the extremely (or unrealistically) high expectations set up for them by developers, fans and worldwide media outlets. Today, we’re breaking down 8 of the biggest games that, in my opinion, never quite lived up to the hype! Anthem Anthem has unfortunately become the poster child for games that never met up with the overwhelming expectations and hype that were set for them, and in this case for an enormity of reasons. A lot…

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GAMING REVIEWS

IF you’re a fan of city-building, resource-management  and gigantic fauna-themed creatures, the team at Stray Fawn Studios have just released a game that will be right up your alley – The Wandering Village. Set in a world where toxic plants are spreading at an uncontrollable rate, a group of humans seeking shelter have established themselves on the back of a giant, wandering creature, that they now have to build a symbiotic relationship with in hopes of survival in the now post-apocalyptic world that surrounds them. At its core, The Wandering Village can best be described as a city-building and resource management…

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GAMING NEWS

[This Press Release has been provided by Wizards of the Coast and is presented by the GOA team for your information] In a video released today, Wizards of the Coast revealed details about their collaboration with Games Workshop, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how the two tabletop titans worked together to bring Warhammer 40,000 to Magic: The Gathering. The four upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks and three Secret Lair drops are the latest entries into Magic’s Universes Beyond – a way for fans to play Magic: The Gathering in fictional worlds beyond Magic’s planes. This glorious collaboration offers a whole new way for Magic…

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