We sit down with Xbox Game Studios’ World’s Edge and Melbourne developer Tantalus to discuss the creation of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.
The Making of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Where we fall in love with the turn-based RPG combat and new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga.
Yakuza Goes Full RPG In The Brilliant Yakuza: Like a Dragon
NBA 2K21 is the best basketball game around... but it's also the only one.
NBA 2K21 Review
We spent four hours with a ray-traced enabled build of Watch Dogs: Legion and were again, floored by its recruitment system. And realistic reflections.
Watch Dogs: Legion - We Go Hands-On With RTX On
Review by Steve Farrelly @ 7th May, 2008
It’s easy to get lost in this game. There is so much to love here, regardless of my views or the views of others; you could spend days or years in Liberty City. It’s true we’re a ways off from having a definitively dynamic game-world; one where each and every action you make will affect, for good or bad, your overall experience, but for now, the term “sandbox” has found its benchmark in GTA IV.
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Mario Kart Wii Review (Score: 7.8/10)
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 21st April, 2008
Nintendo's long-running Mario Kart dynsaty finds its way to the Wii with full online play, a Mario Kart Wii Channel and the ability to race in the game as your very own Mii character. But, does it have the chops to live up to the standard set by the incredible DS version? Head on into our review to see...
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 11th April, 2008
There is plenty to love here, and Ready At Dawn studios have done a bang-up job of recreating the visual and action splendour of the game’s home console counterparts, but there are obvious omissions in scope...
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 9th April, 2008
There is a lot to love about Viking: Battle For Asgard. The Story is ripped right from Nordic mythology and the game’s richly detailed surroundings and great level design make it a treat to embody the persona of a Viking warrior from Midgard. It is difficult to overlook the game’s technical and inner-working shortcomings, but that being said, it’s still an immensely fun game.
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 2nd April, 2008
From the moment you sit back and watch Fire Emblem’s opening sequence you know it’s going to be something epic. Sure it’s only visual claim to fame is that it now displays in 16:9 widescreen, but the anime-inspired cel-shaded full motion video is all the better for it (especially on my huge plasma); stunning imagery and a haunting melody combine to draw you into the tantalising world of Tellius before said melody bursts into a tribal war-inspired piece begging you to hit the start button and begin playing.
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Review by Dan @ 7th March, 2008
Savage 2 is a worthy purchase for anyone looking for something extra or different in an online shooter. The steep learning curve is a bit of a hindrance but rewarding once you get everything down. The game has features you'd expect from a big budget title, with the community spirit and developer support usually only found in the modding scene.
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 26th February, 2008
The boundaries of development for the Wii are still a ways off. Metroid Prime has definitely shown us how the FPS genre should work on the system, while Super Mario Galaxy has fused traditional platform controls with a mouse-like interface and usage for the Wii Remote. Other games have tried to utilise Nintendo’s unique set-up, but no one has really come as close as The Big N themselves in exploiting their machine. Well, that is until Capcom decided to have a crack at things....
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Turok Review (Score: 5.5/10)
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 22nd February, 2008
And along came Touchstone Pictures who were looking to break into the lucrative videogame industry and thusly bought the Turok namesake, seemingly rescuing one of console gaming’s great first-person shooter series’. "Seeminlgy"...
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Devil May Cry 4 Review (Score: 7.2/10)
XBOX360
Review by Steve Farrelly @ 20th February, 2008
The latter statement is the truest though. Devil May Cry 4 looks identical to its predecessors (barring the updated visuals thanks to the power of the PS3 and Xbox 360), but actually goes above and beyond to open the series up. This is the fourth instalment after all, Capcom need to ensure its not simply landing in the laps of the truly hardcore. That’s why DMC 4 offers some seriously mainstream options and an all-new protagonist; if you’re new to the series, well, so is the game’s main character...
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Lost Odyssey Review (Score: 8.0/10)
XBOX360
Review by Steve Farrelly @ 18th February, 2008
Four disks mean you’ll be at it for a while, and if this is completely your type of game, we’ll likely not hear from you for months, however, if you’re just getting into the Eastern RPG realm, its scope and length might prove something of a deep-end. One thing’s for sure, this is a game you can’t simply hire for the weekend. If you’re willing to take the jump though, there’s a lot here to really like.
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 13th February, 2008
While the core game is the same, the Wii version has been handled by Nintendo hardware know-it-alls Kuju Entertainment, and despite being of the retro kind, this iteration is actually pretty darn, well… pretty. There are particle effects, lighting and physics all being handled stunningly well, and while the game is essentially a 2D shooter there are touches of 3D animation and movement trickled throughout...
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Burnout Paradise Review (Score: 9.0/10)
XBOX360
Review by Dan @ 12th February, 2008
Burnout Paradise is the most fun I've had in an arcade racing game since multiplayer Daytona USA in the arcades. There are just so many challenges and so much content to keep you busy before you even step through that invisible door to multiplayer.
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Endless Ocean Review (Score: 5.0/10)
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 30th January, 2008
A unique title that throws you into the ocean's depths to look at hundreds of different marine animals. Very little 'gameplay' marrs an otherwise interesting idea alongside a lack of HD for the stunning underwater life...
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 14th December, 2007
Confusion can be problematic in the grand scheme of understanding things. Take the Resident Evil franchise for example; there are officially five chapters to the series’ main plot, with a sixth on the way (Resident Evil 5), but amidst these six chapters, Capcom have riddled the series with spin-offs, updates and secrets so convoluted, if you haven’t been with the franchise from day one, you’re bound to be completely lost in all things Umbrella, T-Virus, Wesker and Zombies...
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Review by Steve Farrelly @ 11th December, 2007
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is the first massive step in the right direction for exclusive content for the PS3. It is both visually and aurally stunning while the story and characters should keep you glued until the very end. It is unfortunately marred by unbalanced gameplay, repetitive and predictable AI and simple puzzles. These gameplay issues aside, it stands as a great leap forward in the marriage between film and games...
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