In Spotlight

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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INDIE

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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INDIE

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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INDIE

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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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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PC

I’ve been sinking a lot of my spare time into Dinkum for a just over a month now and feel I have a firm enough grasp of what it has to offer to accurately represent if it’s worth your hard-earned dollarydoos (dated Simpson references have never failed me in the past, so here’s hoping this one works as well!). For those unfamiliar with what Dinkum actually is, it can be best described as a life simulation + social game, in which you control design elements of your randomly generated island  by crafting and terraforming (alongside a lot of interior/exterior design with…

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INDIE

ON paper, Wildermyth is an incredibly ambitious RPG concept, aiming to combine the best parts of fantasy storytelling with the modern and slightly overused premise of procedural generation. It actually handles both of these incredibly well, primarily due to the great writing present throughout the entirety of the game, alongside it’s unique story-book art style used, that really compliments the overall theme laid out in front of you. From the onset of the game, you dive into a fantasy world (either entirely randomly generated, or following a pre-set campaign) in which you control a group of (again either randomized or…

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INDIE

YOU wouldn’t typically associate the word cozy with a brown bear, but it’s 2022 and Bear and Breakfast is here to shake things up a bit. In it’s simplest form, Bear and Breakfast is a management simulator with RPG elements, where the player controls an incredibly cute brown bear named Hank, who’s life quickly transitions from the simplistic responsibilities of a woodland animal to the complexities of managing a successful property tycoon. It’s an incredibly unique take on the management-simulator formula, primarily due to it’s emphasis on narrative game mechanics. Throughout your playthrough, you’ll be introduced to a wide array…

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NEWS

I AM absolutely over the moon to be covering off the latest announcements from Wizards Presents  regarding what we as a community can expect to see and experience in the coming year (and onward) for Magic: The Gathering (MTG). It’s shaping up to be one of my most anticipated years in TCG ever, with multiple sets that I intend to collect every single card for (despite what my bank account thinks about it). Since 1993, Magic: The Gathering has thrilled players and card collectors. With more than 50 million fans to date, Magic is a worldwide phenomenon in more than…

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REVIEW

I WAS admittedly a little bit skeptical about the entire premise Cult of the Lamb before I got my hands on it, as I assumed the cult-themed rogue-like would be either a little all over the place or entirely too dark for my typical style of game, but I’m genuinely overwhelmed to say: I couldn’t have been more wrong. After the first thirty minutes of game-play, I could already tell that Massive Monster were onto something I, along with the rest of the gaming world, would lose ourselves in over the course of the next weeks-to-months. As the hours passed,…

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NEWS

[This Press Release has been provided by Blizzard and is presented by the GOA team for your information] Murder at Castle Nathria, the latest expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s sensational digital card game Hearthstone, is now live. Sire Denathrius—former leader of Revendreth—has invited his enemies as guests to his Castle for an elegant dinner soirée. The evening is going smoothly…until suddenly, the Sire himself is murdered! Now, with the castle turned into a crime scene, it’s up to players—and the brainy Murloc Holmes—to figure out whodunit. “Castle Nathria is one of the most beloved World of Warcraft raids from the past…

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INDIE

Let me preface all of the following with this; I’m immensely terrified of the ocean; and Silt exemplified and even in some degrees – heightened exactly what I’m scared of; the vast unknown that lays beneath the surface of our seas. It’s without a doubt one of the more uniquely creepy, and yet visually stunning games I’ve played in quite some time, and re-sparked a love for puzzlers that I haven’t felt in quite some time. From the onset of the game, we are presented with one terrifyingly vague instruction: seek out the Goliaths lurking in the depths of the…

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RACING

I’D be lying if I said I hadn’t been swept up in worldwide resurgence and love for Formula 1 racing, so I was absolutely elated to be given my chance for the first time in my two-year hiatus of the franchise, to dive back into the drivers set of F1 22.With a new physics-based system for tires, photo-realistic gameplay and what I can only assume is a 1 to 1 replica of the adrenaline real F1 drivers feel day-to-day, F1 22 offers aspiring racing enthusiasts an incredibly enjoyable gameplay experience for all skill-levels. F1 22 has also enabled my partner to…

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NEWS

[This Press Release has been provided by Screen Australia and is presented by the GOA team for your information] The Minister for the Arts, the Hon Tony Burke MP, together with Screen Australia is pleased to announce the 31 Australian games supported through the Games: Expansion Pack fund. Due to the incredible quality and depth of the applications, the $3 million fund announced in March this year was expanded to supply over $4 million to games spanning genres including action, adventure, puzzle, arcade, building, roleplaying and more. The Minister for the Arts, the Hon Tony Burke MP said, “The Australian Government is committed…

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Cupped the delicious last course cover art
ACTION

CUPHEAD: The Delicious Last Course is now being served, as a final helping of content and sendoff for the Indie darling beloved by many in the gaming community. With a new playable character, plenty of new boss fights, and much more of the incredible hand-drawn animations and captivating scores, Cuphead is back in the best kind of way. I admittedly never would have thought that I’d be excited for a Cuphead expansion considering the immense difficulties I had beating the original content, but Studio MDHR has truly mastered its gameplay loop, specifically in regards to the level of satisfaction you achieve…

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NEWS

The Steam Summer Sale is well and truly upon us, and with only a few days remaining to cash in on the mega-savings for thousands upon thousands of games, we here at GOA have decided to do our part by putying together a list of our favourite and must-have games that are all currently heavily discounted. From Indie masterpieces, to Triple A steals, there’s plenty to spend your hard earned cash on, so look no further.Disco Elysium – The Final Cut Disco Elysium is an award-winning indie masterpiece that is currently 65% off in the Steam Summer sales. It’s absolutely…

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Gunfire Reborn
REVIEW

It’s been two years since Gunfire Reborn initially launched from Duoyi (Hong Kong) Interactive Entertainment, but with the recent world-wide release of it’s mobile port, alongside the general under-the-radar attention it generated from its initial release, I thought it’d be worth diving back into the underappreciated Indie gem that has consumed my time over the past few weeks. Gunfire Reborn combines a lot of what I love from a broad array of genres and games, being a first-person looter-shooter, roguelike, with class-based characters and a cell-shaded visual aesthetic. This may sound like an absolute mouthful, but once you get your hands on…

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Minsc & Boo
TABLETOP GAMING

Dungeons & Dragons lore and storytelling meets the world’s most popular collectable card game: Magic: the Gathering in the recently released card set Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate. Play as some of the most iconic characters from D&D, personified in their own unique Magic cards, specifically designed for the most social format in any collectable card game: Commander. This article assumes you’ve played and have a basic understanding of Magic: The Gathering, so they’re won’t be an in-depth break-down on game mechanics and concepts (if you are interested, there’s a fantastic introductory guide from Wizards of the Coast available here). It’s been just over two…

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FEATURE

I found myself genuinely surprised in the early hours after the Devolver Digital showcase, as I searched my way through their immense portfolio of indie classics. Without even realizing it at the time, I own almost every single one of their published titles, and every single one I own, I absolutely adore. I couldn’t stop my mind from wandering: how do they keep hitting on everything they touch? What is it about their games that hooks their player-base (myself included)? Most importantly, what’s the best of the best that they’ve ever published? I feel I can at least comfortably answer…

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