opinion

Reminder: Assassin's Creed IV Is Great

I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed lately. First Unity then Rogue, I’ve since moved onto (or returned to) Assassin’s Creed IV, and playing all three in quick succession has reminded me of one thing: Black Flag is a very good video game, better than most people gave it credit for when it was first released.


I Love Games That Use Licensed Pop Music

One of my most enduring game memories is getting into a car in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and tearing down the road to Two Tribes on Wave 103. Pop is the perfect gaming accompaniment – why can’t we have more of it?


The Beauty Of The Game Instruction Manual

Kikopa Games has just released a game called Minkomora. It’s an exploratory game, a soft floaty little thing – but the best thing about it is the game manual.


A Drake-Themed Game Doesn't Have To Be Terrible

I’ll admit it, I’ll admit it. I downloaded Runnin Through The 6, a free iOS endless runner made by Nico Uribe, because I’m a huge Drake fan. But it is rubbish.


Heroes Of The Storm Could Use Some Better Skins

Heroes of the Storm is a great-looking game compared to the other big MOBAs out there today. Despite that, Blizzard’s game might have a problem.


Nvidia's New Shield Console Is Nothing To Get Excited About

Last night at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said he was announcing three things — a revolutionary television, a game console and a supercomputer. He actually revealed an Android console, the third Nvidia device in two years to carry the Shield name. Yay?


Actually, Bulletstorm Is An Excellent Shooter

Bulletstorm was one of the best games of the last generation, tragically ignored because of an awful marketing campaign, an even worse PC port, and the fact that EA wanted audiences to spend $US60 for a seven-hour campaign, which is a steep price by any metric. It’s too bad because once players got past all that, they found a clever score attack game based on “skillshots”, or unique enemy kills. Even better, Bulletstorm featured great characters and storytelling, incredible gunplay, wonderful enemies, and an astounding world.


Why I Love Playing Games On Handhelds

Look at your television. Look at where it’s positioned in your house/apartment. Look at what’s surrounding it: furniture: sofas, chairs. Silently pointing in its direction. This is the modern living space: all things gaze upon the television. It is the centre of your living space. Immovable. It’s heavy. It’s a burden. It’s an argument waiting to happen. You wouldn’t risk moving it by yourself. You’d ask for help. Your television might even be mounted; physically, irrevocably bolted onto the walls of the house you living in.


The Most Unappreciated Platformers Of The '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the ’90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those titles deserve some recognition.


Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I'm Playing More Board Games

Outside of work hours (or work assignments), I’m finding myself playing as many board games as I am video games these days. I’d long assumed the reasons for this was the obvious: that sitting around a table, beer in hand, was an infinitely more social experience than sitting on my couch shouting at strangers (if I was talking to anyone at all).