Basement Preview

Basement Developer: Halfbus Publisher: Halfbus Platform: Linux, Mac, Windows (Previewed) Release Date: 30 April 2015 Price: $8.99 USD – Available Here Basement is a business management sim that lets players build their drug empire from a few rooms in a small basement into a sprawling, multi-building behemoth. The game started its life out at the Ludum Dare 29 game jam and snagged 11th place at the...

Urban Empire Preview

Urban Empire Developer: Reborn Interactive Publisher: Kalypso Media Platform: Windows Release Date: 20 January 2017 Price: $39.99 USD – Available Here Finnish indie developers Reborn Interactive is putting a new twist on the classic city building genre with their new game Urban Empire. The game makes the players mayor of a city in Swarelia; a fictional area in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Players ...

Downward Preview

Downward Developer: Caracal Games Publisher: Indie Gala Platform: PC Release Date: 19 December 2016 Price: TBA – Available Here Downward is a new first person open world parkour game set in a medieval post-apocalyptic world. Players will need to navigate the ruins of the Earth as they attempt to discover the three artifacts that played a role in the apocalypse. Aiding the player along the way is a...

Horizon Zero Dawn Hands-On Preview

After seeing Horizon Zero Dawn announced at last year’s E3, I have been eagerly consuming every tidbit of media about the game which has since come out. Developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony, the game features an incredibly intriguing new setting in which biomechanical life has become dominant upon the Earth. Imagine my surprise when I found out a working code of the game would be ava...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Hands-On Preview

The first thing I noticed upon entering the world of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is that it is, in fact, a world. What I mean by that is that in previous Zelda titles on consoles, such as Windwaker, Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword, Nintendo created the feeling of an expansive world by essentially creating vast spaces of emptiness for the players to traverse. Basicall...

Playstation VR Luge Hands-On

Last weekend, I was able to grab some time with the Playstation VR headset and to try out one of the mini-games in the soon to be released Playstation VR Worlds. We’ve previously had a look at one of the other entries in this collection, The London Heist, and had a grand old time with it. This time around, I was taking a turn at Luge. I dropped onto a bean bag in front of the screen and put on the...

Dishonored 2 Hands-On Preview

Last weekend I found myself the chance to play a preview of Bethesda’s Dishonored 2 at EB Expo in Sydney – and it was so much fun I did it twice. Following on 15 years after the end of the first Dishonored, Dishonored 2 is set in the warm and sunny city of Karnaca. Empress Emily has been dethroned and outlawed by an otherworldly usurper, and once again you have to right what is wrong t...

Inferno Climber Preview

Inferno Climber Developer: Arc System Works Publisher: Arc System Works Platforms: Windows Release Date: 6 July, 2016 Price: $19.99 USD – Available Here The Dark Souls franchise took the gaming world by storm and introduced gruelling difficulty back into games. Inferno Climber is the much easier version on Dark Souls and if you are not fussed about incredible graphics and don’t want an...

Project Highrise Preview

Project Highrise Developer: SomaSim Publisher: Kasedo Games Platform: Mac, Windows Release Date: 8 September, 2016 Price: $19.99 USD – Available Here Project Highrise is a tower building and management sim from SomaSim, the team behind gold rush era city manager 1894. Project Highrise is the spiritual successor to the classic 1994 game SimTower. In Project Highrise, players will build the tower of...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Hands-on Preview

Last month my colleague and I were invited to 2K Games’ offices in Sydney for a hands-on preview of their upcoming 4X strategy title, Civilization VI. They say time is a flat circle (hexagon in this case) – what has come before will come back again, and this is certainly the case with Civilization VI. Building off of the success of Civilization V, and learning from the mistakes of Beyond Earth, Ci...

Champions of Anteria Preview

Champions of Anteria Developer: Blue Byte Publisher: Ubisoft Platform: PC Release Date: 30 August, 2016 Price: $29.99 USD – Available Here Champions of Anteria is a brand new IP from Blue Byte, the studio most famous for their work on The Settlers and Anno franchises. Champions of Anteria is a mix of real time strategy and turn based kingdom building. The game started its life as part of The Settl...

The Spatials: Galactology Preview

The Spatials: Galactology Developer: Weird and Wry Publisher: Weird and Wry Platform: PC Release Date: 7 July, 2016 Price: $12.99 USD – Available Here The Spatials: Galactology is a major step up from The Spatials. Originally starting out as a DLC pack for The Spatials, developers Weird and Wry opted to remake the game entirely as the project grew. The Spatials: Galactology is out now on Steam Ear...

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