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IT’S been a couple of weeks since Capcom dropped the Resident Evil Village DLC, Shadows of Rose and the additional extras as part of the Gold Edition release. And needless to say, there is a lot to unpack, and it is worth the wait. The best place to start with the Gold Edition of Resident Evil is with third-person mode. Much like Resident Evil Biohazard, Resident Evil Village was in first-person and when the announcement of the game, I admit I wasn’t really a fan of that. Why? Because I conceded to the fact that I am a big old…

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NEWS

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and sometimes it can be hard to know what to get that gamer family member – or you may just want to give your family members a nudge in the right direction on what to get you for Christmas. The lovely folks at PlayStation have come up with a gift guide on some of the hottest PlayStation items for Christmas. If you want things PlayStation under the tree, show your family and friends the lovely list below. I’ll be putting my hands up for these items myself. Unleash new gaming possibilities PlayStation 5 It’s…

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God Of War Ragnarok coming out today and fan of the series, new or old are on the edge of their seats waiting to boot up their copy. It is indisputedly one of the most anticipated games of the year.  Our very own Dylan “GrumpyGoron” Blereau got his hands on a copy and his impressions of the game have me excited more so than I originally was – check out his review here So if you are lucky enough to live in Sydney or Melbourne, PlayStation and Norse-inspired restaurant Mjølner have a surprise for you, which is best explained via…

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https://youtu.be/gGXpOFD0SDs PERSONA 5 Royal – a game that is part of the much-loved series of turn-based JRPGs, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona. The Persona games have predominantly made their debuts on the PlayStation consoles in its beginnings in 1996. But gradually over time, the games get their releases on PC. Persona 5 Royal; an expansion on the original Persona 5 came to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, S & Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC as part of its Definitive Edition on October 21, 2022. Developed by Atlus & P Studios and Published by Atlus and Sega. With this release of…

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DRAGON BALL: The Breakers is an online asymmetrical action multiplayer co-op action developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco for PC and all major consoles. In Dragon Ball: The Breakers you play as a survivor – a character you create for yourself or a low-level character from the original series, or as one of the Raiders, where you play as a villain from the original Dragon Ball Z series. The game’s premise is you keep getting sucked into Time Portals due to one of the series villains ending up in a timeline they don’t belong to, and your mission…

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[This media release has been provided by Sony and is presented by the GOA team for your information] The PlayStation Plus Monthly Games lineup for November is here. Take on savage foes with traditional weapons and supernatural abilities in Nioh 2, cast spells and solve puzzles in Lego Harry Potter Collection and take to the stars for physics sim Heavenly Bodies.   These titles can be enjoyed by PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Deluxe members from Tuesday, 1 November. The PlayStation Plus Extra and Deluxe Game Catalogue lineup for November will be announced later in the coming weeks..  Let’s take…

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IT has been 26 years since the first Resident Evil game landed in our laps and personally into my heart. That was only cemented further in 1998 when the original Resident Evil 2 was released. So, in the wee hours of October 21st in Australia you know I was up and ready for the latest Resident Evil Showcase to go live. And it did not disappoint. We got to look into Resident Evil Village: Winters Expansion, featuring the Shadows of Rose DLC & other fun additions which are available to play if purchased on PlayStation 4 &5, Xbox Series X…

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It’s nearly October and PlayStation is gracing us with a couple of fun games for the month – you can get down with your inner racing child, be one of your favourite DC Heroes or play a trippy FPS. Let’s check out October’s PlayStation lineup! The PlayStation Plus Monthly Games lineup for October is here, there’s superhuman clashes in the form of Injustice 2, big racing thrills with tiny cars in Hot Wheels Unleashed and the electrifying strategic combat of Superhot.  PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Deluxe members can add these three titles to their game library from Tuesday, 4…

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INDIE

HAVE you ever wondered what it’d be like to try to date a Godzilla-like creature? No? I hadn’t until I came across Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim. Nothing like being a Kaiju, finding another Kaiju to love and pounding on famous landmarks. No, that isn’t a euphemism. I am being literal. You go on a date with your love interest, having fun pounding and destroying some famous landmarks worldwide. Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim is a fun little indie game, Developed by Squiddershins and Published by Top Hat Studios, Inc. for PC, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One & Series…

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IT’S SEPTEMBER! -and PlayStation is pulling out all the goodies as the weather starts to warm up. Clearly, they don’t want to let us outside just yet with this month’s lineup on PlayStation Plus. They are bringing some of our favourites out to play from the PS4 & PS5 releases and some tasty classics for those PlayStation Plus Deluxe subscribers. I personally can’t wait to dive into Syphon Filter 2 again, even if it leads to grumbling about how I used to be good at the game. The lineup is HUGE this month! The Monthly Games are available from September…

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BUBBLE Tea – also known as Boba tea – is a popular drink worldwide that originated in Taiwan in the early 1980s. It is a drink usually made from a choice of black, green or oolong tea as its base with a variety of flavours and toppings. There’s a misconception that Bubble Tea gets its name from the tapioca pearls that are usually in the bottom of the container (which can usually be switched out for jelly, pudding and other toppings). It actually gets the name from the foamy bubbles when you shake the drink.  I’m sure the question is…

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WITH only a quarter of the year left, PlayStation’s bring in the titles to fill your time while locked inside due to the winter rains for PlayStation Plus Extra & Deluxe Members with these new additions on August 16th. Whether you are looking to roam the streets of 1980s Japan, beating up on thugs. Run, sneak and try to find your way to safety with some mates. That is if you’re not the one out there getting your friendly kill mode on against them. Maybe teaming up with your mates in a shooter is more your style? Or maybe you…

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WHAT games come into mind when someone asks you, ‘What are Stealth Games?’ Of course, the first thing that would spring to mind is a game where you sneak around and try not to get caught. And that would be correct. Most people would say that the first stealth games would be Metal Gear Solid, Thief: The Dark Project and Tenchu: Stealth Assassins. All three games were released in 1998, arguably being what started the Stealth genre in mainstream gaming. But this leads to many great debates on which game is the ‘actual’ first stealth game – an interview conducted…

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STRAY: the game that makes you want to be a cat. If you didn’t already, that is. This little indie game for PlayStation and PC is developed by BlueTwelve Studios and published by Annapurna Interactive. Stray has been high on the anticipation list for many gamers since it’s first teaser trailer, and its many breathtaking trailers since. You play as a gorgeous orange tabby cat that gets separated from the rest of its family out in the wilderness and eventually finding your way into Walled City 99 – a futuristic dystopian city devoid of all humans. After the small and…

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LOOPMANCER is an action side scroller, roguelike indie game developed by eBrain Studios for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC. If you love a game with a grind, then this game is for you. The premises is much like other games such as Deathloop and Returnal; if you die, you start from the beginning again. When you die, all your items and coin are lost – but fortunately you keep your acquired upgrades. Set in a futuristic cyberpunk setting, you play as Detective Xiang Zixu. Xiang Zixu dies while investigating the disappearance of a reporter who was last seen with the…

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JUST over a week ago, the next chapter of the Final Fantasy VII: Remake series of games was shown off. Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth looks like it’s going to deviate from the original story of Final Fantasy VII, and we are going to possible learn more in regards to the timeline shift. Like: “How are there TWO Clouds now?” And a few other spoilers, which if you’ve managed to avoid so far, you are a legend because the Final Fantasy VII fandom kind of blew up with that game’s ending. Having said all that, Final Fantasy VIII: Rebirth is not…

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A COUPLE of weeks ago on the Weekly GOA Podcast, Str8JaktJim (@Str8JaktJim), Stormie (@StormiePlaysYT) & Pete (@PeteCurulli) spoke about classic songs from video games that they love. So I put the word out to the GOA crew on their top songs from video games, and needless to say, there were some surprising ones and a few that are most people’s favourites. Now in no particular order: Royce “Zulu” Wilson (the GOA Editor In Chief, who can be found on Twitter @RoyceWilsonAU) https://youtu.be/tWwoyxHl7X8 Act On Instinct – Command & Conquer (1995) The early Command & Conquer games were famous for their…

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The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a game for those who love a good murder mystery. Published by Square Enix and co-developed by h.a.n.d. (Hokkaido Artists’ Network and Development), The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is an FMV also known as a Full Motion Video game, where the game takes place via pre-recorded scenes. Released on PC, Playstation 4 & 5, and Nintendo Switch on May 12, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story follows mystery novelist Haruka Kagami who, at the request of her friend, Eiji Shijima, investigates his family. The Shijima family has been the keepers of a…

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HALL Of Fame – most industries have one of their own, and video games are no different. Though I have to admit, even though I consider myself an Avid Gamer, I didn’t know there was a ‘Hall of Fame’ for video games. That was until 7:30 am May 10 2022, when my smart speaker announced, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was inducted into the World Video Games Hall of Fame last week.’ The first thoughts that came into my mind were ‘how long has the World Videos Games Hall of Fame been around?’ and ‘What took so long…

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Brawl in Space What do Fighter, Platform, and Shooter games all have in common? One could say they are a bunch of pretty fun game genres. What do they have in common with the Lego Brand? Well, that is one of the best brawlers on iOS devices, if going by the 95% rating on the Apple Store is anything to go on. Originally released on September 19th, 2019. Lego Brawls was released exclusively for Apple Arcade and is a free-for-all “beat ’em up.  Not only does it have those elements to the game, but it even has its own creator…

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