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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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IF you are a Star Wars fan or even know someone who is, you will come across this one saying every year on May 4th. ‘May the Fourth be with you’. And if you lean on the darker side of the Force, ‘Revenge of the Fifth’ may greet your ears. May 4th has become Star Wars Day to the greater community, and it marks the beginning leading up to May 25th, the day the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many Star Wars games have been developed, the latest being the hotly anticipated and highly praised Lego…

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