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Moments ago, the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or, SMASH! anime convention just opened its doors for the first day of the show this year. There’s probably a bit of a queue to get in still, but, much like any other year, it’s probably a blast once you’re inside. Check out our previous years coverage on what to expect.

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SMASH! In One Week! Get Pumped!


It looks like the SVG died when we converted it to .png. Pls SMASH! don’t use SVG, this isn’t 1992. It’s time to get PUMPED! The Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, or SMASH!, is set for another big year this year with the convention starting next weekend at the Rosehill Racecourse in Rosehill. Taking a look at all the materials that the organisers of SMASH! have been sending us these past few weeks, and taking a look on their website, it is clear that this years will be a rather interesting treat. Of course, SMASH! has always been our favourite convention here, so be sure to take a look at our past coverage of the convention as to what to … Continue reading

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The Meetup That Was Everyone’s XIVth Final Fantasy in Sydney + Palace of the Dead Primer


Saturday night was a rather different one for fans of Square Enix’s most recent entry in the MMORPG market, Final Fantasy XIV. That night, at a place called ‘The Nerd Cave‘, a rather packed out meetup took place between fans where we could engage and interact with each other while playing some FFXIV, and some of the many other games present at the location. It would prove to be a fun night with activities, pizza, booze and more. Officially, there is a Final Fantasy XIV group for Australians and New Zealanders to join on Facebook, which is where we found out about the event. Despite working with the PR company in-charge of looking after the Final Fantasy XIV brand, I … Continue reading

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EB Games Expo 2015: Bandai Namco Showcase


Opposite the PlayStation booth at this year’s EB Games Expo, there was a space for upcoming titles being released by Bandai Namco Australia. There were some interesting titles on display, such as Dragon Quest Heroes, which will be released lather this year, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Dark Souls 3, both of which will be released early 2016. All three games were fun to try out, with some cool gameplay mechanics and nice graphical styles. Dark Souls 3 has to be one of my favourite games at the show. On the surface, it looks like any other Dark Souls game in existence. However, after getting my hands on it, it’s going to continue the Dark Souls tradition in … Continue reading

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EB Games Expo 2015: PlayStation Showcase


The PlayStation booth sported an impressive lineup of games. They held two big spaces for two of the most anticipated multiplayer shooters this year: Star Wars Battlefront and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. In the middle, they showcased upcoming first and third party games worth checking out. These include Street Fighter V, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and the PS4 remake of Ratchet & Clank. All three games I had tried out were impressive in their own way, but still had a bit of work to do to before they were ready for release. I have never thought that the first game in the Ratchet and Clank series will be released on three different generations (and one handheld generation). However, a … Continue reading

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EB Games Expo 2015: Nintendo Showcase


Nintendo’s presence may have been smaller compared to previous years, but their game lineup did not disappoint. After spending some time at the Nintendo booth at this year’s EB Games Expo, I discovered a collection of promising games that will be worth your money if you are into the genres they represent. I was able to get my hands on several games such as Yokai Watch, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Project Zero Maiden of Black Water and Star Fox Zero. Yokai Watch is one of those games where I didn’t think it would make it to the West, but it did. The game centres around spirits and a young boy is tasked to finding all of these spirits in his home … Continue reading

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EB Games Expo 2015: Star Wars Battlefront


There was always a reserved feeling when it came to Star Wars Battlefront. The game continued to focused on multiplayer, leaving out battles with bots, a campaign and Galactic Conquest, all featured in previous Battlefront games. These were the reasons I played the previous games. Not only that, but the character classes of the previous games were gone, replaced with customisable loadouts. At this year’s EB Games Expo, at the PlayStation booth, there was a playable demo of Star Wars Battlefront. I got my hands on it. While it does feel familiar, there are still concerns with the game. After a six minute video detailing the battle at hand, set on the icy planet of Hoth, thirty eight players filed … Continue reading

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