Charlie Braithwaite

Editor/Co-owner

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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]

10

Brilliant

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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Amazing

Cuphead review: Turns out the 1930s hate you

Reviewed on Xbox One, copy supplied by publisher.  Radiating charm, Cuphead is an ode to early 1930s animation and good old fashioned boss battles. Grabbing your attention with its distinct hand drawn aesthetic, the game is hard not to be impressed by. Static crackles across the screen as you play, and the big band jazz soundtrack pops for authenticity. Through and through, this is a passion proje...[Read More]

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Amazing

RUINER review: Hello darkness

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Building on what made Hotline Miami  great and then drenching it in cyberpunk goodness was always going to make for an memorable title, and RUINER definitely doesn’t disappoint in that respect. One of the most addictive and gripping games I’ve played this year, RUINER  is an adrenaline filled sci-fi adventure that doesn’t pull any punc...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Pokkén Tournament DX review: Fly like a Butterfree, sting like a Beedrill

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Pokémon battles are usually something we experience from the view of a DS or Gameboy. They are relatively static fights in which cute animals use magic so some orphans can hoard badges, rarely do we experience the sheer ferocity of nature that is animals fighting. Well, thanks to Pokkén Tournament DX , you can now take a mobile cockfighting ...[Read More]

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Great

Metroid: Samus Returns review: Stop, drop and spider roll

Reviewed on 3DS, copy supplied by Nintendo.  Metroid: Samus Returns is yet another flagship title that has returned to its roots. After some missteps in a franchise that has a bloated history, this return to basics splendour is exactly what was needed. Taking place shortly after the very first game and just before Metroid II:The Return of Samus, the lanky mercenary Samus is hired to eradicate the ...[Read More]

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ARK: Survival Evolved review: The tale of Snek

Reviewed on PC, copy supplied by publisher.  Before we get started I want to address the fact that this review may be unusual, but ARK is an unusual game. So, instead of a conventional piece, you can read about my attempts to make a pair of pants for a strangely proportioned woman. Coming into the world in a fit of pain – trapped underneath floorboards and confused – Snek didn’t ...[Read More]

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