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NieR: Automata Is Gaming’s Greatest Work Of Art

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Yoko Taro, the team at Platinum Games and Square-Enix may have created a true work of art in NieR: Automata. NieR: Automata, published by Square-Enix and developed by Platinum Games, is the second entry in the NieR timeline of the Drakengard (or Drag-on Dragoon) games. In the month of being released, it has sold over 1 million copies and has gained a considerable cult following in the gaming world. But what is quite remarkable about this title isn’t its sale stats, or how good of a game it is, it is that it is truly the greatest argument that video games can be taken as a serious art form. Much like most people, I went into NieR: Automata not knowing … Continue reading

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Dead End Junction Review

Dead End Junction is an interesting take on the Wild West. Developed by sole member of 773, Hizuma (with help from others) and published by Culture Select for the Western market, Dead End Junction turns out to be a good visual novel. It centres around Josette, a free spirit looking for adventure. She finds it after discovering her father’s past. There is a good story, great characters, a decent soundtrack and an unique art style, but there are some flaws which are hard to ignore. The visual novel centres around Josette, an orphan living with her uncle in the town of Cow Stone Bell. As with most young protagonists, she is tired with her lifestyle in the small town. Instead, … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.4 Soul Surrender Dungeons Impressions

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Coming off the back of the last patch, this latest Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward content patch has added a lot of new content for players to burn through. With numerous additions to items, and obtaining them, as well as numerous additions to crafting and PVP, there is also a fair bit of new dungeon content to power through. And while I could focus on all of that new content, I lead a busy life, and so the main point of interest for me is in the dungeons of Soul Surrender. Much like in the previous major content patches, there have been two additions made to the Expert Roulette of dungeons. The first of these is the Great Gubal Library (Hard) … Continue reading

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Dead Rising 4 Impressions – EB Expo 2016

I never played the Dead Rising games, at all. I have heard of them, of course, and know they are post-apocalyptic with hordes of zombies. With that in mind, previewing Dead Rising 4 at the Xbox booth at the 2016 EB Games Expo with only basic knowledge, but no experience playing the game would be a positive and possibly turn someone into a fan. The demo presented was a blast to play with, even if it is a pretty basic zombie hack and slash. The demos starts off with Frank West staring down a horde of zombies and it’s the best way to describe the demo. In this open world environment, Frank an wield various weapons, be it melee for … Continue reading

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Impressions – EB Games Expo 2016

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The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s longest running franchises of all time, and the latest of this franchise the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At this years EB Games Expo held in Sydney, we managed to get some hands-on time with the game thanks to Nintendo. If you haven’t heard much about Breath of the Wild, it’s essentially the Zelda game that is going back to the roots of the franchise, which is exploration and building that sense of wonder in a new world. But does it successfully do that? Our gameplay demo, where we actually got to play the game, really helped us understand how it is that Nintendo will successfully build a … Continue reading

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EB Expo 2016 – Horizon Zero Dawn Impressions

I have been following Horizon Zero Dawn for quite some time. I mean, it is going to be Guerrilla Games first IP since Killzone and it is going to be an action RPG set on Earth after an apocalyptic event. The game stars Aloy, a hunter who hunts machines, which are the prominent species on Earth. At this year’s EB Games Expo, Horizon Zero Dawn was the one of the centrepieces of the PlayStation Booth. After trying out the game, I’m becoming more and more hopeful this game is going to be excellent. The experience started with a demonstration of various gameplay mechanics available in the demo. The demo itself was a rehash of the E3 demo shown earlier in … Continue reading

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Final Fantasy XV Impressions – EBGames Expo 2016

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This year at the EBGames Expo held in Sydney there was a playable build of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV video game from Square Enix held at the Namco Bandai booth. Final Fantasy XV follows the adventure of Noctis and his crew of guys as they road-trip it across the countryside for bromance reasons. Our demo took place in a desert area, where they are tasked by Cidney to kill some mobs just outside of the garage. Exploration in Final Fantasy XV is a bit strange. Much like in classic Final Fantasy games, monsters are invisible in an explorable area, but what makes this strange is that the game feels like a third-person action game. The combat controls are locked … Continue reading

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