Nothing makes a flight or space sim really sing like a hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) setup. Thrustmaster's $US200 ($265) T.1600M FCS Flight Pack combines joystick, throttle and rudder pedals in one lovely entry-level package.
This season's breakout anime was Yuri on Ice, a welcoming show about an insecure Japanese figure skater named Yuri, and Victor, the Russian skating legend who mysteriously decides to become his coach. Yuri and Victor develop a relationship flush with love and young sensuality. Since October, fans feverishly watched the simulcast, playing "will-they-or-won't-they?" while the protagonists teased sexual consummation.
The massive popularity of 1996's Pokemon Red and Blue has cast a long shadow over the Pokemon series. Much of the fanbase believes in the superiority of the original 151 monsters, and given 2016's Pokemon GO phenomenon — which only had the initial cast — who can argue? With the newest Pokemon games, Sun and Moon, Game Freak plays nice with that reality, inviting fans on a holiday that celebrates (yet also reinvents) what people love about pocket monsters.
Short version: The new PS4 Pro is a more powerful version of an already good console. We like the PS4 a lot, and the Pro doesn't do anything to diminish that. However, it's going to be a while before we know just what that added horsepower will be used for.
House of the Dying Sun rushes ahead with furious focus and great urgency, and it's hard not to get caught up in its dark current. It sweeps aside the space-opera trappings of modern sci-fi in favour of something more resolute and grim: You're the bad guy. There are the good guys. Go make an example out of them.
Matthew McConaughey once said that sometimes you need to go back to move forward. The team at DICE must have been very moved by that sentiment. Taking it to heart and pushing the Battlefield series nearly 100 years back into World War I for this year's release of Battlefield 1 was a gamble. It has largely paid off.
In a world plagued by legal manipulation, political corruption, and a general lack of fairness for the underprivileged, there's something comforting about a video game where justice is always served. Sure, everyone lies under oath and one out of every four witnesses is a murderer, but at least the innocents always go free.