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Tie Fighter: The Kotaku Review

Here’s an entirely plausible scenario: you are a human who enjoys video games, owns a PC and likes Star Wars. You’ve heard forever that Tie Fighter is something you should play, but a combination of necessary fiddling and the fact you couldn’t actually buy it anywhere mean that you’ve never tried it yourself.


Origin Chronos Z Compact Gaming PC: The Kotaku Review

The Origin PC Chronos Z is the meanest small form factor gaming PC I’ve yet to encounter. Origin PC ships its gaming systems in wooden crates. The Chronos Z came in the smallest crate to date, yet the Titan Z-powered beast within was far more powerful than anything that came before it.


Sunset Overdrive: The Kotaku Review

“I started this game collecting trash,” my character quipped late in Sunset Overdrive, “and now I’m collecting trash again.” She was defending a makeshift boat that was trying to escape the zombie-infested wasteland of Sunset City. It was a thrilling chase scene. So why were we collecting trash in the middle of it?


The Legend Of Korra: The Kotaku Review

The Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra universe is tailor-made for a good video game. It boggles my mind that the much-loved series still hasn’t gotten one.


Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Kotaku Review

Whatever you do, no matter how tempted you are by the sci-fi setting and purple landscape, don’t think of this as a brand new video game.


The Evil Within: The Kotaku Review

Before The Evil Within came out, I knew that I had to steel myself to be scared by it. But I’d also been nagged by the idea that I should be scared for it, too. As in, fearful on its behalf. It’s one of those games that’s so heavily freighted by genre and pedigree that expectations were massive.


PlayStation TV: The Kotaku Review

“What do you want the PlayStation TV to do for you?” That’s an important question when considering purchasing Sony’s new microconsole. A more important question might be “Do you know what the PlayStation TV is?”


Hot Toys T-800: The Kotaku Review

Having done Terminator 2 a while back, Hot Toys have turned its exposed, blood-covered robot eyes towards James Cameron’s original sci-fi classic. What it has come up with will not stop until your wallet is dead.


The Fatal Frame Movie Is An Atmospheric Masterpiece

Japanese horror game series Fatal Frame is one of my personal favourites. So despite disliking horror movies in general, I went to see the new Fatal Frame live-action theatrical film. And while never scream-inducingly scary, its amazing atmosphere makes it one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen.


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: The Kotaku Review

Borderlands is an island. In its centre, there’s a breezy mix of ridiculous firefights and even nuttier guns. Surrounding it, however, is an ocean of tedium — little inconveniences that have plagued the series since its inception. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel does only the bare minimum of work to fix that.