What the EB Games Expo Means to Australia

Over the past two decades, video games have grown from those cool little machines in the corner of your local pub, to a nerdy pastime, to part of mainstream culture, and no where is that more true than the sun-baked sands of Australia. With new consoles selling out at prerelease, and game sales making their way into news bulletins and morning talk shows, there is no denying that the digital medium...

Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Interview with David Vonderhaar

Call of Duty. Love it or hate it, it is hard to find a single franchise more synonymous with video games in this day and age than Activision’s first person shooter. From product launches that make as much money as Hollywood blockbusters, to multi million dollar esports events, Call of Duty has it all. Well, at this year’s EB Games Expo, I got to sit down with David Vonderhaar, the Stud...

Dark Souls III Hands-On Preview

It’s safe to say that Dark Souls III was by FAR my most anticipated game of the EB Expo. I was curious to see not only what From Software could do to further enhance the series, but also whether or not some inspiration would be drawn from Namco and From Software’s smash hit Bloodborne, and finally whether or not the return of Hidetaka Miyazaki as game director would breathe new life in...

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Hands-On Preview

I’m not shy in admitting that I love EA’s Plants v Zombies series in all of its forms, and the surprisingly fun Garden Warfare was probably my favourite installment of the bunch. That’s why when I found out a sequel was being released I had a mixture of enthusiasm and cautious optimism. What more could they do? Will this feel like a cheap cash-in? Well after playing a few rounds ...

The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes Hands-On Preview

Nintendo has quite a line-up of highly anticipated games coming out in the next couple of months, and by far the one that looks the most unique is The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes. As a huge Zelda fan, I knew that I had to get my hands on with this three-player co-op adventure. Tri-Force Heroes is in many ways a spiritual successor to Four Swords (many of you will remember that game as a free...

Yokai Watch Hands-On Impressions

This game was perhaps the cutest game I was able to try out at EB expo this year. Imagine pokemon crossed with ghostbusters and with a healthy helping of Japanese Shinto superstition and you’ll essentially come up with Yokai Watch. ‘Yokai’ are a category of spirits in Japanese folklore which include everything oni (demons) to mischievous gremlins. The Yokai you go after in the ga...

Playstation VR Hands-On Impressions

The Sony booth at EB expo this year had a small portion dedicated to demoing the Playstation VR (also known as ‘Project Morpheus’). Although it was pretty much booked out by other (less capsule-based) media outlets and members of the general public, I succeeded on my charisma check and managed to squeeze myself into a session. After strapping myself in with the headset and headphones, ...

Cuphead Hands-On Impressions

I first learnt of Cuphead, developed by MDHR studio, earlier this year at the Microsoft press conference when it was announced that the company would be supporting a number of indie titles for their platform. The trailer had me intrigued due to its retro, hand-drawn style and awesome jazz music. The game is composed entirely of boss battles and its style draws heavily from cartoons of the 1930s su...

Star Fox Zero Hands-On Preview

Like many of you out there, I grew up on video games, and much like the rest of you out there I can point to a handful of games that were iconic and memorable parts of my life. One of these games for me is definitely Lylat Wars (or Star Fox 64 for those of you who live overseas). Piloting my Arwing through the Lylat System is still an amazing experience for me. The different styles of world, the t...

Rise of the Tomb Raider Hands-On Preview

“Tombs!” That was the first thing that popped into my mind when I picked up the controller and started to play Square Enix’s upcoming The Rise of the Tomb Raider. I was a huge fan of the 2013 franchise reboot that saw Lara Croft become a household name once again, but in amidst all the rock climbing, running and gunning, and the treasure hunting there was one element of the Tomb ...

Just Cause 3 Hands-On Impressions

Avalanche Studios and Square Enix were not kidding, when they promised more explosions in their upcoming open-world action adventure, Just Cause 3. The third installment of the award-winning franchise promises fans the ultimate combination of chaotic sandbox fun and unlimited firepower, so much so that the world of Just Cause is going to burn to the ground this December. Just Cause 3 marks the ret...

Star Wars Battlefront Hands-On Impressions

As a long time fan of Star Wars and the Battlefront franchise, you wouldn’t need to be attuned to the force to guess that I would be very interested in trying my hand at EA Dice’s newest installment in the series; Star War Battlefront. If you’ve never played a Battlefront game before it can best be best described as a tactical first-person shooter within the Star Wars universe...

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