In an effort to support young Australians in communities affected by the bushfire crisis Sony Foundation Australia has launched a Bushfire Appeal kicking off with a $200,000 donation and support-focused Gaming4Life charity streams on Twitch - running from now until February 23. That will see several PlayStation studios and teams from across the globe take part.
Over the weekend the Fortninte AO Summer Smash took place at the AO tournament in Melbourne, which put competitive gaming right there in the middle of one of the biggest tennis events of the year. In addition to a charity event, the main draw saw 90-players build and battle for the Fortnite Summer Smash Solos Championship on Margaret Court Arena.
With Apex Legends intoxicating blend of class-based action, responsive controls, and battle royale scope, players are no doubt ready for Apex Legends Season 4 — Assimilation, which kicks off on February 4. Which, in addition to the new Battle Pass, weapon (bolt-action sniper Sentinal), sees the arrival of a new character called Revenant.
With the controversy being that time last year where the ESA, the organisers of E3, leaked a spreadsheet of all media and individual contact information right down to phone numbers and addresses. Via an easy to access link on their website. On that front the ESA notes, "Earning back your trust and support is our top priority". Outside of that little incident, recent years have seen both EA, Activision, and even Sony bow out of showcasing new stuff.
Alongside the debut of Dota Underlords Season 1, which will see the popular auto-battler from Valve make its way out of Early Access on February 25. Outside of the release date announcement, Valve is being pretty quiet about what Season 1 will bring to the game outside of promises of new content, new rewards, an updated meta, and a planned Battlepass.
As one of the best games of 2019, Obsidian's The Outer Worlds is finally ready to make its Nintendo Switch debut - on March 6. Announced alongside the PC and beefy console versions (compared to the Switch the PS4 and Xbox One are chunky) it was always the plan to release the Switch port sometime this year. Thankfully, it's sooner rather than later.
What’s a Hero Pool you might be asking? Based on it being summer and all we wouldn’t hold it against you to think that’s it’s a physical swimming pool where Tracer, Winston, Mei, and others go to cool off. Building off of the recent map pool, which limited players to certain maps, the proposed Hero Pool in Season 21 will disable heroes week-to-week for Competitive Play. A bold move and one that the Overwatch team admits may not persist, depending on how it performs.
The excellent Resident Evil 2 Remake from last year set a new bar for the very idea of what a remake could be - and on PC mod support has led to a number of strange, fun, and even weird crossovers. Case in point this new mod that replaces protagonist Leon with Geralt of Riva - of The Witcher fame.
PAX Australia is coming back to Melbourne in 2020 and the dates have been set for the weekend of October 9-11, with the venue to remain unchanged. That being, the ol' Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Tickets aren't available yet, but for those making an interstate trek for PAX - now's the time to get in early for flights and accommodation.
From newly minted Xbox Game Studios acquisition Obsidian Entertainment. The excellent sci-fi RPG that is The Outer Worlds also made our own Top 10 Best Games of 2019 list so it's good to know Aussies have great taste. Not that it was ever in question. Hit the jump for the full list, where you'll find a certain Goose coming in higher than the Master Chief himself.
From publisher Good Shepherd and indie studio Shiny Shoe, Monster Train is a new rogue-like deck-builder strategy jam that takes place on a train ride to hell. That, as the game title alludes to, is full of monsters. Hit the jump for the stylish trailer which showcases some of the battles - highlighting the vertical design of the train-car-arenas.
Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Breakpoint was a disappointment when it first came out last year, but since that time the development team has been working with the community to improve the experience based on feedback. In fact, there's a massive update planned for next month set to provide a major overhaul. In the meantime though, ala the unexpected but very cool Predator event for Ghost Recon Wildlands, another '80s classic - The Terminator - has arrived.
These being TT Isle of Man and the Lovecraftian horror of Call of Cthulhu - which we reviewed back in 2018. The backwards compatible list is interesting next month too - thanks to the inclusion of the original Xbox release of Star Wars Battlefront. Which, due to the age of the title no longer supports online multiplayer.
From developer Typhoon Studios, Journey to the Savage Planet is an excellent dose of sci-fi adventuring that is genuinely funny in ways games rarely are - in addition to featuring a style and progression similar to greats like Metroid Prime. As a follow-up to our full review, friend of the site Adam 'GrizGaming' Mathew has put up some pure gameplay footage covering the opening moments of the game.
The remastered re-release of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its excellent expansion The Frozen Throne is finally here. Since its announcement way back at BlizzCon in 2018 we've been itching to dive back into this classic RTS. Which now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology the re-titled Warcraft III: Reforged features an impressive visual overhaul.
Originally released in late 2018 exclusively on GOG, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales has slowly been making its way to other platforms - and now its available for the Nintendo Switch. An original RPG set in The Witcher universe it presents a wonderfully written story where combat and strategy all takes place via GEWNT - the competitive card game first seen in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.