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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz0dNtdTWWM&t=1s&ab_channel=TateMultimedia I’VE always been a huge fan of 3D mascot platformers, yet somehow I’ve never crossed paths with Kao the Kangaroo before. Whether it was because Kao the Kangaroo’s time in the gaming landscape was somewhat short lived, or because he found himself failing to steal the spotlight from other prominent 3D platformers like Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter and many more. After a roughly 15 year hiatus, the boxing Kangaroo has returned, bringing with him an experience reminiscent of 3D platforming’s golden era, with some unfortunate baggage attached. This cutscene references TikTok… Kao the Kangaroo sees…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwZBdWRSBRs&ab_channel=AmanitaDesign RECENTLY my girlfriend and I moved in with my parents, as bathroom renovations at our place left us keen to stay elsewhere. Desperate to take at least one console with me for the roughly two week stay, I decided the day before leaving that I’d bring my PS3 Super Slim, as I’ve been on a PS3-era nostalgia binge since roughly the start of this year.  As I downloaded games onto the system to play during my stay, I stumbled across Machinarium, a point-and-click adventure by Czech Developer Amanita Design. Machinarium was a game I’d played originally on PS3 back…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLuKreIweBc&ab_channel=LienzoMx DESPITE having a sizable backlog packed to the brim with classics that I need to play, I more often than not browse upcoming indie releases for something fascinating and new to try. My latest search introduced me to Aztech Forgotten Gods, a unique looking action-adventure that sees you battling the forgotten gods of a futuristic mesoamerican metropolis. Aztech Forgotten Gods takes place in a world where the Aztec empire wasn’t conquered, leaving them free to cultivate and develop a far more technologically advanced world. The story focuses on Achtli, a young woman who stumbles upon an ancient gauntlet while…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ovwsXnbEwc&ab_channel=SegaAmerica WHEN I played through Lost Judgment last year for review, it quickly became one of my favourite games of the year. Its mysterious narrative was thrilling, its characters memorable and well written, and its action brawler gameplay addictive albeit simplistic. Its recently released DLC expansion titled ‘The Kaito Files’ manages to tell an equally captivating tale, placing you in the shoes of ex-Yakuza Masahiro Kaito as he unravels a mystery with a personal connection. Father and (maybe) Son Yagami, the protagonist of Lost Judgment, is out of town throughout the duration of the narrative, leaving his partner in crime…

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ALTHOUGH I’ve never delved too deeply into other gaming accessories made by HyperX, I’ve always been a huge fan of their headset offerings. They’re well made, perform really well and aren’t ridiculously expensive, which to me is often the holy trinity when recommending any sort of gaming product. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been playing around with the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset, arguably HyperX’s most popular headset offering. After being discontinued years ago, HyperX have just re-released the “Pink” (really white with pink highlights) model of the Cloud II, and as a big lover of the colour pink,…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0TyUI4gh0c&ab_channel=LogitechG UP until recently, I was well and truly entrenched in the “wired mouse only” camp. Having a cable made the device cheaper and the latency lesser, and while it wasn’t as attractive or transportable, I made do with the Logitech G502 Hero Gaming Mouse that has served me so well for the three years I’ve been using it. This mindset changed however when I came across the Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless gaming mouse, a product that as its name suggests was wireless and shockingly lightweight – unlike its price tag (RRP AUD$279). Intrigued by the premise of…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62sRSYxqkkE&ab_channel=LogitechG Despite having lived the majority of my gaming life heavily favouring wired PC gaming accessories for their often cheaper price tag and lower latency, I’ve recently found myself shifting towards the wireless side of the fence. Yeah, you have to charge them every once and a while, and mathematically they have a higher latency, but there’s just something so convenient and aesthetically pleasing about having gaming gear that doesn’t bear a cable appendage. This has been my experience over the last few weeks with the Logitech G915 Lightspeed Gaming Keyboard, a low-profile full sized wireless keyboard that feels great…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md3nTeKJgGM&ab_channel=HumbleGames I HAVEN’T watched an anime in a long time, but I still find myself intrigued by the latest series releases, cautiously waiting for one to interest me enough to dive back in. I’ve always heard very positive things about My Hero Academia, sounding very much like an anime worth my time. An academy for heroes to train and hone their craft amongst fellow compatriots, it all sounds great, but it lacks something spherical – a dodgeball perhaps? Thankfully there exists a creative concoction that combines the two, known as Dodgeball Academia, a pretty as heck Dodgeball RPG Adventure that…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cl80TdPGQ0&ab_channel=BlowfishStudiosGames KUNGFU Kickball is an indie sports/fighting hybrid game that I’ve eagerly awaited since I played it with some buddies of mine on the show floor at PAX AUS 2019. Its 2v2 mode was thrilling and chaotic and I came away excited to play the game when it finally released. More than 2 years on from that day and KungFu Kickball – developed by Whalefood Games and published by Blowfish Studios – is here. Generally I would kick off a review covering my thoughts on a game’s narrative, but KungFu Kickball doesn’t have any. You do, however, get a fantastically…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZwIaVEUolI&ab_channel=PlayStationAustralia This review contains spoilers for Horizon Zero Dawn – yes, we know it’s a five year old game but if you haven’t played it yet then considered yourself forewarned. I FOUND myself captivated by Horizon Zero Dawn when it released in early 2017. Its combat was engaging, its expansive world was packed with mechanical beasts and challenges to partake in, and its narrative was truly fantastic. Five years on from Horizon’s maiden voyage I’m delighted to have been able to experience the series’ next installment in the form of Horizon: Forbidden West, a journey that learns from its predecessor…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK6OJbOg70I&ab_channel=eastasiasoft If you’ve ever found yourself browsing for a walking simulator to play on Steam (I know I have), you’ve likely crossed paths with a game created by developer Tonguç Bodur. Bodur’s amassed a sizable catalogue on the platform, with more than a dozen different walking simulator experiences available for purchase and recently, his titles have also begun making the transition to console, with The Dead Tree of Ranchiuna the latest title to be ported across to PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Feeling a sudden urge for a first-person exploration experience, I quickly dove in to see what it had…

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I’M going to preface this review by saying that I’m absolutely abysmal at solving Rubik’s Cubes – I’ve never really had the patience for solving them, and more often than not as a child resorted to ripping them apart and trying to piece them back together in their completed formation. Despite my lack of experience with the art of the Rubik’ Cube, I’ve always had an interest in trying to learn how to solve one, which led me to the GoCube Edge, an app-enabled Rubik’s Cube that is not only a great cube for beginners, but also a fun challenge…

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NEWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgr2OZiS8xQ&ab_channel=PlayStation AFTER spending the last year threatening to sue third parties that manufactured and sold their own PS5 faceplates, PlayStation has officially unveiled their own official PS5 console covers, whilst also revealing a new trio of snazzy Dualsense wireless controller colours. The upcoming console covers (known as the Galaxy Collection ) will cost you AUD$84.95 and come in five different flavours: Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, and Galactic Purple, with the latter three colours featured on the new line of Dualsense controllers. The console covers can be easily applied to the PS5 console by removing the existing…

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