Charlie Braithwaite

Editor/Co-owner

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Skyrim VR review: I wanted to vomit on Alduin, but it’s still a great game

Reviewed on PlayStation 4, copy supplied by publisher. If you thought the only thing Skyrim was lacking was blurry visuals and an overwhelming sense of nausea, then you will be so stoked with Skyrim VR. Okay, maybe that sounds bad, but in reality, Skyrim VR is a pretty solid game. Sure, you’ve probably played it a million times already, but the world does benfit from the new perspective, eve...[Read More]

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Rumu review: Suck up those tears

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Putting you in control of a sentient vacuum cleaner, Rumu is a game that wasn’t exactly on my radar last year, and to say I was surprised by what I experienced is an understatement. What I thought would be a fun little mini-game of vacuuming up after your messy owners turned out to be an emotional and poignant experience that knows how to place so...[Read More]

Charlie’s top three games of 2017

It’s that wonderful time of year again, where a stream of completely subjective lists flood onto the internet and stir up emotions. Well, rest assured dear friends, this is the only list out there that is 100% objective and based upon hours of scientific research. My opinion on video games I enjoyed this year is a seminal piece, and not in the least an arbitrary list of things that one perso...[Read More]

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Assassin’s Creed Origins review: Pharaohly enjoyable

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  Did you know ancient Egyptians spoke English, but with heavy vaguely North African accents? Well they did. They were also responsible for 19 Assassin’s Creed titles being released over the course of ten years. Depending on who you ask, this is either a terrible thing or an okay thing. I won’t lie, I haven’t been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed seri...[Read More]

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Star Wars Battlefront II review: So this is how lootboxes die, with thunderous applause

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  There’s been an awakening. People aren’t happy with lootboxes, and Star Wars Battlefront II has found itself the womp rat facing down a blaster shot of outrage. What should have been a superior follow up to the lackluster first entry falls flat in more ways than one. The rebooted franchise may look gorgeous, but it’s been let down by ...[Read More]

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Call of Duty WW2 review: Band of boxes

Reviewed on PS4, copy supplied by publisher.  Going back to the series’ roots, Call of Duty WW2 offers up a strange mix of breathing new life into a franchise, whilst also acting as a reminder of the glory days. As FPS games go, there is a fair bit to do in Call of Duty WW2, so without further delay let’s pick this boi apart. Campaign The first mistake WW2 makes is politicising the game by h...[Read More]

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Super Mario Odyssey review: You can’t leave your hat on

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by publisher.  My love of the Super Mario series started with Super Mario World on the SNES. It’s one of the first games I remember playing, and everything about it has stuck with me – from the secret levels, to every note of the soundtrack – it’s so ingrained in my identity that I can’t help but smile when I think about it. ...[Read More]

You can harness the power of squid butt in Super Mario Odyssey

We need to talk about Super Mario Odyssey. Specifically we need to talk about how Mario travels around via the raw power of assholes in the game. There’s no pretty way to discuss gaping mollusk buttholes, so let’s jump right in. In the Seaside Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey you’re tasked with the usual possessing of creatures to solve puzzles and earn Power Moons. One of the creatures at you...[Read More]

Far Cry 5 impressions: Accidental bear grenade – PAX Aus 2017

With moments like being chased by hillbillies on tractors and running through the streets of small-town America blasting bad guys with a revolver, things in Far Cry 5 have changed a lot since the last installment, but they kinda also haven’t changed at all. The setting of rural Montana may be a departure from mountainous wilds and vague islands, but the mechanics and feel of Far Cry 5 could almost...[Read More]

Hands on with Sea of Thieves – PAX Aus 2017

“Land ho!” I called out to my shipmates. There be treasure avast me hearties, and it was up to this guy and a crew of three other scallywags to locate it. (Sidenote: I’m already tired of the pirate speak so we’ll be dropping that now). Personally, it was kind of a cool moment trying out Sea of Thieves at PAX Australia. The open world pirate game was one of the first upcomin...[Read More]

Skyrim VR Fus-Ro-Sucks, but it’s good on Switch – PAX Aus 2017

Skyrim hasn’t been allowed much rest, despite the game’s 2011 release, it will be receiving two new versions at the tail end of this year on PlayStation VR and Nintendo Switch respectively. Making the rounds at PAX Australia this weekend I was fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to check out both of the upcoming versions and compare them to the hundreds of hours I spent with the base gam...[Read More]

Playing as a naughty goose is everything we ever wanted

Until recently, I wasn’t even aware that all I want in life is a game about an asshole goose. Well, thanks to Australian devs House House – who previously brought us the bizarrely brilliant Push Me Pull You – you can soon experience the joys of being a horrible goose. The as of yet untitled goose game was teased in a short video yesterday: Yeah, GG, we already know our game of th...[Read More]

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