Tom Heath

Editor/Co-owner

Overwatch loot boxes are about to get less terrible

Look, I love Overwatch. I mean, it was my 2016 Game of the Year, which for a story-less, multiplayer only game is one heck of an achievement. What can I say, I had a great year hooking pesky Tracers and raining justice from elevated positions. But despite Overwatch’s many great elements, its gambling-esque, majorly stacked against you loot box system is the worst. In order to unlock the cosm...[Read More]

4

Misses the mark

Perception review: Lost in the dark

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. “Run-n-hide” horror games are nothing new, nor are they in short supply these days. The success of indie games such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the Outlast franchise showed that powerlessness against a formidable foe can certainly get the heart pumping, and thus a genre was born. But instead of being just another face in the spooky crow...[Read More]

Highlights from the Xbox showcase – E3 2017

So E3 2017 is in full swing, with the Xbox showcase taking place this morning. There were hardware announcements, gameplay reveals and given Xbox were keen to say they had 42 games to present, plenty of titles just dropped with no real information. Yay! Roll up your sleeves, because we’re about to delve into the hype. Here’s what went down: Xbox One X was revealed Goodbye Project Scorp...[Read More]

Xbox One X revealed, launching November at $649 in Australia – E3 2017

During their E3 stage show this morning (AEST time), Microsoft lifted the veil on Project Scorpio, now dubbed the Xbox One X. They reaffirmed the specs previously revealed by Digital Foundry in April, with the six teraflop GPU, 12GB of RAM and 326GB/s memory bandwidth, but through in some new little tidbits as well. The Xbox One X will feature a liquid cooled vapour chamber setup in order to not h...[Read More]

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War calls for aid, and October 2017 will answer

Another day, another major video game release delayed. Yes, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has been delayed from its August release date to October 10, 2017 according to a post by developer Monolith’s community manager Monolith_Andy. The reason for the delay is the usual “we want to make sure we deliver the best possible experience” affair. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands...[Read More]

6.5

Okay

Strafe review: Strafe outta Compton

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Capturing the vibe of classic video games while implementing the benefits of modern technology is a tricky thing to pull off, with last year’s DOOM being a rare exception. But where id Software’s sequel was a modern looking shooter with classic influences, Strafe by Pixel Titans strives to achieve the opposite: to bring that retro FPS feel k...[Read More]

Far Cry 5 teaser confirms Montana setting

Ahead of a worldwide reveal later this week, Ubisoft has released some teaser videos for Far Cry 5 which confirm the game will be set in Montana. Specifically, it will be set in the fictitious “Hope County”, a region that seems a beautiful as it is eerie as balls. Check out the videos below, all of which depict the gorgeous landscapes of Hope County, only to be ruined by the occasional...[Read More]

Prey speedrun clocks the game in 20 minutes

Speedrunners are crazy, you guys. The act of seeing how quickly one can beat a video game is taken extremely seriously by the speedrunning community. They outline rules for each run, ranging from needing to complete the game 100%, just having to reach the end of the story, or even being limited to certain weapons/items. And then there’s the “anything goes” type of speedrun, where...[Read More]

Here’s some Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy gameplay, and COME ON HOOK IT MY VEINS ALREADY

The remaster of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, dubbed Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy, arrives on PS4 in just under two months. You’re excited for it, because let’s be honest, who isn’t? Well just to make that wait a little more unbearable, a new gameplay video has been released on YouTube, showing off the “Sewer of Later” level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex S...[Read More]

5

Average

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 review: Off target

Reviewed on: Xbox One. Copy supplied by publisher. The Sniper Ghost Warrior series belongs up there with Metal Gear Solid with regards to having the most nonsensical, most video gamey title possible. Now I love Metal Gear Solid (seriously, I really like Metal Gear Solid), but even I can admit that its name is pretty silly. After my partner asked me what game I was reviewing, and I said “Snip...[Read More]

Here’s the first trailer for Call of Duty: WW2

The new Call of Duty game was originally revealed to be Call of Duty: WW2 last week after a series of leaks and then an official post on Twitter, but overnight Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games hosted a livestream that dropped some more specific details. The most prominent aspect of that livestream was the first official trailer for the game, which you can view below. It boasts that the ...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Outlast 2 review: Your cardio workout for the week

Reviewed on: PC. Copy supplied by publisher. Come on Tom, I thought, squatting anxiously in a barrel for what seemed like the millionth time during my playthrough of Outlast 2. You haven’t got much battery power left for your camera, and the more you use it to locate that lunatic stalking you, the sooner you’ll have none left at all. Either you hop out now and risk soiling yourself in ...[Read More]

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