In Spotlight

INDIE

One of my favourite showcases back in June during the not-E3 glut of presentations was the Wholesome Direct, a roughly hour long presentation that highlighted more than 50 upcoming indies of the cutesy, charming and wholesome variety. Despite being amped at the showing of games such as Coffee Talk Episode 2 and Paper Animal RPG among others, the game that stood out to me the most was a game called, A Walk with Yiayia.  A heartfelt looking indie story about a young man and his Yiayia (Greek for grandmother) heading out on a walk together and just talking, complete with…

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FPS

Despite playing Call of Duty religiously as a teenager, over the last few years, I’ve fallen out of love with the series. After the announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II I pledged to get back into the series, largely due to nostalgia of the original Modern Warfare 2 that released back in 2009, and despite some questionable omissions in the game prior to its recent Season 1 update, I’m happy to be back.  Akin to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot of 2019, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II comprises three different modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Special…

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ACTION

Despite Sonic the Hedgehog being a franchise nearly constantly dunked on for its multitude of subpar video game releases since its transition to 3D back in the late 90’s, I’ve been a Sonic fan for as long as I can remember.  Sonic Adventure 2 was the first 3D Sonic to have me hooked, and I have fond memories playing other titles such as the original Sonic Adventure, Sonic Colours, and Sonic Generations. Other than this select few, the greater majority of Sonic’s 3D catalogue have ranged from simply average to downright abysmal (I’m looking at you Sonic Boom: Rise of…

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ACTION

When God of War released on the PlayStation 4 in early 2018, it immediately had me (and pretty much everyone else) captivated by its action packed gameplay and its engrossing story. Greek mythology was replaced by Norse mythology, and the titular God of War Kratos was far more likeable and relatable than before, mellowing out marginally as he tried to shield his son Atreus from the grim reality of godship.  It’s one of my favourite gaming experiences of all time, which in turn has made the wait for its sequel God of War Ragnarok all the more difficult. Thankfully though,…

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HORROR GAMES

DESPITE being too much of a scaredy cat to enjoy horror films, I’ve always for whatever reason never had too much of an issue with horror games. Admittedly, I still fall victim to the odd jumpscare here and there, but for the most part I fare okay. It doesn’t matter if it’s a well known horror game juggernaut such as Resident Evil,  or lesser known indies such as Bendy and the Ink Machine and SOMA, I always find myself deeply engrossed and intrigued. When I first saw the reveal trailer for The Fridge is Red, a bizarre looking psychological horror…

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ACTION

WHEN Splatoon released in 2015 on the Wii U, I found myself absolutely enamoured with its frantic online 4v4 gameplay, to the point where I ultimately burnt out and found myself looking for another game to play.  I admired Splatoon 2 and its success from afar, but I barely dabbled in it, as my interest in the Switch at the time was at an all time low. Keen to make amends for that mistake, I’ve spent the last few weeks heavily invested in Splatoon 3, and although things aren’t perfect, its addictive multiplayer, solid single player and welcome new content…

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REVIEW

DON’T get me wrong, I do love wired headsets, but there’s just something about wireless headsets that make me gravitate towards them more.   I’m not sure if its the new found freedom of being able to roam the home with my headset still snug on my scone, or the lack of wires making for a more visually pleasing office space, but once I went wireless a few years ago with the RIG 700HX, I’ve found wired headphones far less appealing to use on my PC.   In saying that, my beloved RIG 700HX are in dire need of a replacement, so…

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INDIE

WHEN I attended PAX Australia back in 2019, I came across a wholesome looking indie title known as Wayward Strand. It was clear that the game was still well and truly a work in progress, but its promise of an interactive narrative set on an airborne Hospital in Australia had me intrigued enough to follow its development. Almost three years on from meeting the game at PAX, Wayward Strand has finally released, packing a unique story that is yours to shape.  Set in 1978 on the coast of Victoria, Australia, Wayward Strand sees you assume the role of Casey Beaumaris,…

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ACTION

AS a kid who spent the majority of the sixth generation of video game consoles with only a Gamecube, titles that were only on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox were games I only got to experience for short periods when visiting friends or family.  Although I was largely satiated by the vast array of games I played on those consoles across the years, there were also a small batch of games I’d seen at retailers or read about in magazines that I never managed to experience.  One such franchise I can remember my young mind obsessing over was Destroy…

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REVIEW

WHEN it comes to computer peripherals such as Keyboard and Mice, I’ve always largely opted for products from the big name companies such as Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries, perhaps unfairly neglecting other brands purely out of brand preference. One brand I’ve always seen but never heard a great deal about is Roccat, a German company specialising in PC accessories that only a few years ago were acquired by Turtle Beach.  Despite never really hearing a great deal about their products, I’ve recently gotten my hands on the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro Keyboard, and after using it for a few weeks, I’m…

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NEWS

AFTER years sitting idly by as Microsoft released various renditions of their Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, Sony has finally decided to join the premium controller party by announcing the DualSense Edge during the Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase. The roughly 30 second trailer provided a brief but welcome glimpse at the premium controller, highlighting the expected features on a controller of this kind, such as adjustable triggers, replaceable stick modules, and back buttons, to name a few.  Visually, other than the new added buttons, there isn’t a great difference in design when compared to the original white DualSense controller. It…

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INDIE

IF you were to ask me what my favourite video games series of all time was, I’d more often than not proudly say it is The Legend of Zelda. Despite this fact, I for whatever reason have never really gotten into the top down 2D entries, such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I have however played plenty of quality indie titles that are cut from the same cloth, with Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince the most recent to grace my Nintendo Switch. It’s unashamedly a Zelda clone, borrowing elements not only from A Link…

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REVIEW

AS I mentioned in my review for the Nanoleaf Essentials Bulb and Lightstrip, I’ve recently taken an interest in Smart Lighting. It initially started out as a fun and colourful way to liven up areas of the house, before selfishly becoming a way to make my home office/stream room look as visually pleasing as possible. I’d long seen the Nanoleaf Shapes line of light panels placed proudly on the walls of plenty of streamers I followed, but when I got recently got ahold of the Nanoleaf Shapes Triangle Starter Kit, it was finally my turn to mess about with the…

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REVIEW

WHEN I sit down to play some games, the first thing I tend to reach for after the controller or keyboard and mouse is a trusty pair of headphones. Over-Ear headphones are generally my ideal pick for long sedentary gaming sessions due to their often more comfortable feel, however I do also enjoy using in-ear earbuds on the odd occasion, especially if I’m gaming on the go with my Laptop, Switch or Phone. This is my experience exactly with the Turtle Beach Scout Air Wireless Earbuds, a solid pair of wireless earbuds that are best used for portable gaming. In…

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REVIEW

JUST recently, I’ve taken an interest in Smart Lighting, both as something to use throughout the home at large, but more importantly to enhance the visual aesthetic of my office/stream room. The first port of call was to replace my regular lightbulb with a smart one that I could easily adjust the colour of on the fly, while I also wanted to attach some lights to the back of my desk in order to make the focal point of my room really pop. This is exactly what I was able to achieve with the Nanoleaf Essentials Bulb and Light Strip…

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REVIEW

AS a kid, my formative gaming years were spent playing a myriad of games on the original PlayStation. From iconic titles such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, to lesser known treasures such as Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time and Muppet RaceMania had imprinted me with an unbridled love and reverence for the video games medium.  One of the most memorable experiences for myself on the PlayStation was my journey with Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, an exceedingly charming 2.5D platformer released in 1997 that is a criminally underrated and underplayed hidden gem. In what is hopefully third time lucky…

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REVIEW

IN case you were unaware, Sonic the Hedgehog turned 30 last year.  Birthday celebrations for the Blue Blur resulted in an excellent Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony, a remaster of Sonic Colours, and the promise of two titles to release in 2022 – a new Sonic adventure which we now know to be Sonic Frontiers, and an anniversary collection in the form of Sonic Origins, compiling remastered versions of the Mega Drive Saga of Sonic titles in a single release.  Just over a year on from its announcement, Sonic Origins has arrived, packing four enjoyable classic adventures in an enjoyable albeit…

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REVIEW

DESPITE never being the hugest fan of MMO/MOBA games, largely due to my lack of patience and willingness to invest the time into learning them, I’ve always had plenty of respect for the genre, and have wanted to dive a bit deeper into titles such as Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft and League of Legends to name a few. I’ve also long been interested in MMO/MOBA gaming mice, which offer more customisable buttons than their traditional gaming mice counterparts to provide players a way of accessing all the important key bindings quicker than they would if they had to…

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REVIEW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD0tEvrGKhA&ab_channel=SteelSeries EVER since I transitioned to a lightweight wireless mouse earlier this year in the form of the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, I’ve been quite invested in the lightweight mice scene. Keen to see what else was out there, I came across the Aerox 5 Wireless, a new lightweight gaming mouse by SteelSeries that not only weighs just 74 grams, but also has raft of nifty features that see it challenge my beloved Superlight for the title of my personal favourite gaming mouse of all time. In order to trim the overall weight of the mouse down, the Aerox…

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REVIEW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8cjYU9nbPo&ab_channel=YogscastGames DESPITE being someone who gets insanely frustrated when playing roguelikes, I’m absolutely addicted to them or any game with roguelike or roguelite elements. Games like Hades, The Binding of Isaac, Rogue Legacy and Returnal are some of the most addictively challenging and rewarding experiences of my gaming life, and I often find myself sinking a multitude of hours into them each time I dive in. I also sink an unhealthy amount of time into arcadey Golf games like Mario Golf, with Everybody’s Golf on PS4 one of my most played titles of that console generation. You best believe I…

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