Alongside the announcement of both custom collectors edition and Totaku figures. Released for the Nintendo 64 back in 1997, Banjo Kazooie was in many ways one of the highlights for the cartridge-based console and stood alongside Super Mario 64 as one of the truly great 3D platformers of the early-3D graphics era.
With the recent release of Fortnite for the Switch and the Minecraft's 'Better Together' update, Sony's insistence to keep PlayStation 4 players away from the scourge of Xbox and Switch users has been making headlines. Adding fuel to the fire comes the revelation from Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard that Fallout 76 cross-play would be there but isn't possible - due to Sony.
It says something when a game that is as colourful and *seemingly* kid-friendly as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle can tilt the review scales extremely north. But the game's challenge, its presentation, pacing and humour are next-level. Imagine our (not) surprise then when the first major gameplay expansion for Ubi's new franchise, Donkey Kong Adventure, offered up the same incredible experience.
A weekend surprise, the Razer Phone is available now at JB Hi-Fi Online! Well, tomorrow to be exact - June 30. With availability via Razer.com coming July 3. Priced at AUD $1,099 the Razer Phone is a smart phone designed for gamers with features like front facing speakers, THX and Dolby Atmos certified audio, a 120 Hz UltraMotionTM HDR display, fast processor, 8Gb of memory and a powerful battery.
One of big industry questions raised over the past couple of years has circled around the idea that the random nature of loot boxes, and the monetary way in which they're marketed and provide rewards, constitutes gambling. And if so, whether it needs special regulation and/or restrictions placed to avoid bringing youngsters up to speed with the ways of the casino.
According to a new report over at Kotaku, by the always thorough Jason Schreier, several sources are pointing to Google entering the video game space in a major way. Through what is being described as dedicated hardware, streaming tech, and the acquisition or recruitment of several high-profile developers. Crazy, but not overly so.
Rumours, hope and alleged inside information had a new Splinter Cell pegged as a sure thing to be announced at this year's E3, but alas we were left with nothing but Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, Skull & Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Transference, Trials Rising, Beyond Good and Evil 2 and, of course, Just Dance 2019. However, easing the pain of no Sam Fisher is, well, Sam Fisher with July's Games with Gold freebies including Splinter Cell: Conviction.
Space cowboy and StarCraft veteran Jimmy Raynor was one of the very first heroes to join the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm, which means his rework is very welcome news for Heroes fans. Same goes for Azmodan, or Azmodunk, which thanks to not really being all that powerful end-game wise has seen the Diablo villain missing from most competitive play.
This week Bethesda has been releasing all the footage showcased from the E3 debut of Fallout 76 in a series of gameplay videos covering the new West Virginian location, an introduction to the new multiplayer focus, the new settlements as pick up and go camps (or, Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.), and even the ability to co-ordinate and launch map-altering nukes.
With the GPU requirement listed being a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better, the CPU a Intel Core i5-4460, and only 4GB of RAM - the only part of Shenmue 3's PC requirements that reminds us that we're in 2018 is the 100 GB of available storage space needed. For some reason. Of course as the game is still in development this could all change, but the specs were posted as part of the latest Kickstater update.
Ahead of final votes from a global panel of judges, of which AusGamers has been a proud member over the past three years, Geoff Keighly's Game Critics Awards for Best of E3 2018 has had the final list of nominees announced across a massive list of categories. Judging these has already been hard, and final input is going to be even tougher considering the quality of games on show at this year's E3.
Introducing the Razer Huntsman, a new keyboard featuring brand new Razer Opto-Mechanical Switches. Which as per the headline utilise infrared beams to detect actuation, that apparently perform 30% faster than traditional clicky mechanical switches. Also, the 100 million keystroke lifespan means that in the distant future post-apocalyptic wastelanders will know which keyboards among the rubble will still work like brand-new.
Released last year, Wolfensten II: The New Colossus from MachineGames and Bethesda was an action-packed and memorable ride into an alternate 1960's America under Nazi control. A wild cinematic ride that now finds its way to the Nintendo Switch thanks to Panic Button, the studio behind the excellent DOOM port from last year.
Aka Hammond, aka "Specimen 8", like Winston was genetically modified at Horizon Lunar Colony resulting in both increased size and intelligence. And so, is able to command and fit comfortably inside a large wrecking ball of a tank. The new tank hero is live now on the PTR and as per the name is able to switch between bipedal shooting and giant ball rolling.
“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said SHOWTIME president and CEO David Nevins on the prospect of a new Halo TV series. In development at Showtime (which will premiere on Stan in Australia) the new series goes into production early next year - with the help of a number of talented parties.
The Mario Tennis and Mario Golf games have always stood just that little bit taller than many other Mario-branded Nintendo party games, and that's largely because the developer of those games, Camelot Software Planning, has a fantastic pedigree in the JRPG space, a pedigree they've successfully translated to Nintendo's two key sporting franchises. And Mario Tennis Aces continues this tradition.