Michael Irving

Gaming since the days of Lemmings and Wolfenstein, and writing since Scamper the mouse in Grade Three.

Worms Revolution: Funfair DLC Review

Worms Revolution: Funfair DLC Pack Developer: Team 17 Publisher: Team 17 Platform: PC (reviewed), PS3, Xbox 360 Release Date:  24th October, 2012 Price: $4.99 (PC, PS3), 400 MS points (XBLA) Available Here Overview DLC is a divisive subject. Sometimes it can provide interesting additions to a game, extend your engagement with it, or bring you back into a game you haven’t played in a while. O...

The Online Community, Offline

The thought came like a very pleasant slap in the face. I was sitting in an auditorium at the Melbourne Convention Centre last week, as part of Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP, to everyone who’s ever spoken it aloud). Obsidian Entertainment’s Chris Avellone was discussing in detail the design of Fallout: New Vegas, one of my favourite games. The story structure has always fascinated me...

Cheapest Game Prices In Australia?

We’re not exactly lacking choice when it comes to places to buy games. Between physical or online stores, shopping around is increasingly time-consuming, but increasingly rewarding. This week another virtual store has opened its virtual doors on this virtual games shopping strip: the Sydney-based Skill Point Games. Adrian Vergara, games journalist and founder of the service, says Skill Point...

Mick’s Indie Picks: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

General consensus says that a game’s controls should be relatively simple. Octodad says no. General consensus says that players should be empowered. Octodad says no. General consensus says that a game where you complete mundane chores would be uninteresting. Octodad says no. Octodad shouldn’t work. Its controls are awkward and overly-complicated, and it makes completing the game’...

Worms Revolution Review

Worms Revolution Developer: Team 17 Publisher: Team 17 Platform: PC (reviewed), XBLA, PSN Release Date:  October 10 (Europe/USA), October 11 (Australia) Price: Available Here Overview “More like Worms Evolution, amirite?” I said to no one in particular, when I first saw the game. My awful pun felt appropriate at the time: it looked to me like little more than a graphical update of the ...

Abe’s Oddysee Looks New ‘N’ Tasty

Back in 1997, Oddworld’s Abe was shocked to discover that the New ‘N’ Tasty food products were to be made from the meat of his species, and it triggered his Oddysee to save his race. Yesterday, Oddworld Inhabitants revealed their considerably-less-disturbing New ‘N’ Tasty product: the remake of the Playstation One classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. The project wa...

Cargo Commander First Look

Digital Tribe Games, Green Hill and Serious Brew have announced Cargo Commander, an action-platformer about a blue-collar worker trying to finish his shift so he can go home. The problem is, his job involves salvaging precious cargo from alien-infested space-shipping containers. The game plays out across randomly-generated, destructible levels, whereby different configurations of containers will b...

Resident Evil 6 Breaks Street Date

That’s how the classic zombie gets you – by surprise. You’ll be facing the other way, and it’ll shamble up behind you and sink its rotten teeth into your sweet, sweet neck meat before you know it. By which I mean, Resident Evil 6 is out already. It’s not due until Tuesday October 2nd, but EB Games Australia announced on their Facebook page this morning that they are s...

Wargame takes to the Air and Land for Battle

Do you like war games? Then you’ll love Wargame! Probably. The European war games are escalating, as Wargame: European Escalation gets some free DLC. This third DLC pack, titled Commander, will add an extra game mode, Economy, which has players focus on managing their resources, judging whether to save their command points and advance their army against enemies, or spend them to defend their...

Worms Revolution Hands-on Preview

At first glance, you could be forgiven for assuming Worms Revolution is little more than a merging of the two paths the franchise has taken over the years. The game plays out on a 2D plane, like the original few games, presented in the snazzier 3D graphics of the mid-naughties Worms. But digging around in the dirt playing with the Worms this week, I found a few nuggets that might make you think ot...

Bad Piggies Gameplay Trailer

For creatures with no limbs, those pigs from Angry Birds have quite the knack for construction. Some of those towers can take quite a pounding. How did they get to be so handy? Rovio have just released a gameplay trailer for the spinoff game, Bad Piggies, and it puts that question to rest. When it launches next week, players will guide the Green Legless Ham in contraption construction, then drive ...

Worms Revolution Release Date & Preorder Goodies

Grab your inciting banners and rehearse your catchy chants – the revolution is just around the corner. Team 17 have announced that Worms Revolution will begin stirring up trouble on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN and Steam on October 10th (11th here in Australia). The game is already available for pre-order on Steam, with some generous bonuses for getting in early. For starters, you get a free copy o...

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