James Orr

7.5

Good

Tacoma Review – Like Prey without guns

Reviewed on: Xbox One I had almost no idea what Tacoma was about prior to playing it. I’d watched the trailers and read a little bit about it but only garnered that it’s a walking-simulator style game set in space, and that it’s developed by the same team that created Gone Home, Fullbright Company. It’s certainly reminiscent of Gone Home, only set on a space station and with more dialogue. A lot m...[Read More]

Titanfall 2 gets its best free DLC and its worst microtransactions

This past week, Titanfall 2 dropped its latest free content update in the form of ‘Frontier Shield,’ adding two new maps, camos, balance changes, and best of all, the co-op gametype, Frontier Defense. The first new map is ‘Township’, an urban style arena for the ‘Live Fire’ gametype. I had my doubts about this map, due to all the potential camping spots, but all reports say that it’s one of the be...[Read More]

Destiny 2’s Beta analysis – The good, the bad, and the beautiful

There wasn’t much to do in Destiny 2’s console beta, but there’s plenty to talk about. From PVE to PVP, let’s start with the good. The opening mission was one of the best ever As Charlie said in his initial impressions, the opening mission, ‘Homecoming,’ quickly set up Destiny 2’s story. The Cabal are invading, we meet Gaul, and spoiler alert, we lose. Destiny 2’s plot is looking to be stron...[Read More]

6

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Tokyo 42 review: Style over substance

Reviewed on Xbox One. Tokyo 42 is an open-world bullet-hell isometric shooter (say that five times fast) set in the sci-fi world of Tokyo in 2042. It opens with the news that you’ve been framed for a murder by an unknown assassin, and to uncover the true killer you must enter the underbelly of Tokyo and become an assassin. It’s a little hypocritical, but most people use Nanomeds, a medical technol...[Read More]

7

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Blackwood Crossing review: Help a brother out

Something that almost everybody will go through at some point in their life is the loss of someone close to them. This is something that PaperSeven’s Blackwood Crossing explores with two orphaned children, the young boy Finn and his teenage sister Scarlet, the latter of which the player inhabits as they find themselves on a mysterious and seemingly magical train. Blackwood Crossing markets itself ...[Read More]

Bayonetta’s PC port releases On Steam

Get ready to let your hair out: following the April Fool’s release of 8-Bit Bayonetta, the complete, unadulterated and original Bayonetta is now available on Steam for US$20 (just under AU$28). Buying now will also net you some bonus digital content for free. Whilst the PC port doesn’t seem to offer anything in the way of new content, it looks like it will be the definitive version of the game, su...[Read More]

A detailed look at Project Scorpio and the future of Xbox

As we discussed last night, Digital Foundry, one of the biggest critics of the Xbox One’s paltry power (and there are a lot of critics), was invited by Microsoft for an exclusive look at Scorpio’s specifications and benefits. Now it’s time for a slightly deeper look into what the future of Xbox One will look like. If you’re into hardware, prepare to have your mind blown at what a console can...[Read More]

Destiny 2 – Full trailer and collector’s editions revealed

The full reveal trailer for Destiny 2 dropped overnight, showing old allies, new foes, and the destruction of all your previous loot. The limited editions of the game have also appeared on retailer sites like EB Games and JB Hifi, and have confirmed the long standing rumour that Destiny 2 is coming to PC. First we have the big Collector’s Edition which costs a staggering $349 for consoles and $339...[Read More]

Destiny 2 leaked poster, release date, beta and PS exclusive content

Multiple images of a retail poster for Destiny 2 have supposedly leaked from Italian Gamestops, showcasing a somewhat revamped art style, Beta entrance for preorders, as well as a release date of September 8th. There are multiple sources confirming it’s real from Kotaku and Eurogamer. Kotaku also reports that its sources state Destiny 2 is coming to PC, will have a June beta and the official...[Read More]

Destiny 2 coming to PC? + Only character cosmetics to carry forward

Bungie has officially announced that your current Destiny “power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward” into Destiny 2. However, if you’ve reached level 20 and completed the main Black Garden questline your character personalisation will carry onward. This includes your class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections. Not much, but it’s something. No...[Read More]

7.5

Good

Halo Wars 2 review: You had me at Halo

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. The original Halo Wars was the best-selling and highest rated RTS game on console. Why? Because it refined the genre’s controls and gameplay for consoles, using its limitations as strengths; plus it didn’t hurt to be a Halo game at the height of the franchise’s popularity. But now that Halo has fallen a little to the wayside, Halo Wars 2 needs to ...[Read More]

6.5

Okay

Candleman Review – Wax on or wax off?

Reviewed on Xbox One Candleman is an indie platformer developed by Spotlightor Interactive. You play as the titular Candleman, who’s more candle than a man, making his way through a dark but beautiful world. The game portrays itself like a children’s storybook, splitting its levels into chapters and having a mother-like narrator. It’s a charming world with some dark depth, despite the simplistic n...[Read More]

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