I'm not going to mince words, nor subject you to a lengthy anecdote about road-trips with my grandparents. Let's just cut to the chase; is the Crew worthy of your Christmas stockings? Is it the game that will help you overcome the New Year after-party hangover? Is this Ubisoft's finest racer to date? "Sadly... no!"
We've been talking about O3DX for a while now. The off-road, Trails-esque title developed by a team in Cape Town is set for launch on PC, console and mobile in the near future, but you can already jump the gun and purchase a copy. Not only will you grab it at a discount, but you could also walk away with some incredible prizes as well.
I have been avoiding the whole GamerGate, invisible privilege, feminism and sexism debate. In fact, I'm continuing to do so now... sort of. I don't want to rehash the same topics that we've already discussed. Suffice it to say that Gavin and Alessandro have their own opinions, and I don't really agree with either of them. However, this might shift some of your thinking.
Breeding. In human terms, it’s what happens when your parents decide to be naughty, with the repercussions being felt nine months later. In Pokémon terms, it’s a method of getting new critters, while starting from scratch with a potential contender that hopefully isn’t so inbred that it can’t stand straight in a battle. If you want to raise a true champ, you’re going to need to do some breeding. Here’s how you can play Gattaca with your Pokémon.
In case you've already forgotten, we are giving away a Sony Xperia Z3 and a PlayStation 4. It's really quite a magnificent prize and I'm jealous of all of you for being able to enter to win. This wasn't just a random prize thrown together, though - these were made for each other.
At its core, Pokémon is all about trading. It’s about swapping Pokémon in much the same manner that car keys are swapped at certain kinds of parties, except you’re happy when you wake up the next morning with a strange virus such as the Pokérus. To make that concept work, the various games have always had some form of trading, with Wonder Trading being a favourite amongst fans. It’s also a completely broken system.
As you may or may not have noticed, we're giving away a PlayStation 4 as well as a Sony Xperia Z3. I love my PS4, and I'm currently using the Z3 so that I can review it for all of you, and I might not give it back. If you don't already have a new console, this might help you decide which one to buy - can we officially call 2015 the year of the PS4?
Look, I get you. You’re attached to that Magikarp you caught, and one day, Splash will be an effective attack. But sometimes, you need a little extra muscle. You need some power that can warp reality, create new continents and drown the world in too much water. What you need, is a legendary Pokémon. Well buddy, I got ya covered.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Pokémon game out right now in the US of A and this Friday for everyone else. Also, I can see you hiding under the bed, and I need you to crawl out and listen to what I have to say. This stuff is important to me dammit! I’ve played a lot of Pokémon games over the years. Hell, I’ve probably played all of them. But over the next year, I’m going to attempt to do something which I’ve never done before. I’m going to…catch ‘em all!
Mega Evolution isn’t just a feature in Pokémon that can win a match when used correctly: it’s a kickass upgrade for your pocket monsters, a temporary lead forward in power and good looks. Of course, to use that feature, you need to get your Pokémon stoned. And I’m not talking about the Cape Town/Jehovah variety. Here’s where you can find all those precious stones. Man.
You’re about to make an important choice. You’re going to decide whether you want to stick to the shadows and leave a dagger present in the back of a guard who has a wife and kids to support, or if you want to raise hell in the middle of an army and go down swinging. Dragon Age Inquisition is all about choice, and who you play as will decide how the game reacts to you. We’ve got a handy guide, to help inform that decision.
Unlike most games these days, GTA V has genuine, proper cheats. Infinite ammo, instantaneous cars and an option to make your head so big, it’ll look like a tangerine on a toothpick as you cry yourself to sleep on your massive pillow. Last year, GTA V on the older generation featured plenty of these cheats. And they’re making a comeback in the newer version of the game.
Video game piracy. It’s one of the oldest and ugliest parts of the industry that just never seems to go away. No matter how advanced the hardware and the software that runs it, you can bet that sooner or later such machines and games will be hacked, allowing the scurvier side of the industry to get away with blatant theft. But with the current generation of gaming, that has yet to happen.
PAX Australia 2014 came and went last weekend and to say it was an improvement from last year’s convention would be a massive understatement. The convention was moved to the utterly gigantic Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Southbank, solving a lot of the space problems that plagued PAX Australia 2013 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Arriving there at 9am, I, along with the rest of the media who attended, were able to roam the expo hall an hour before general admission.
It may be all about heroes this year with Disney Infinity 2.0, but don’t forget that there are several other figures on the way who aren’t wearing spandex and capes. Or pants at all. With the Marvel side of Disney Infinity 2.0 having mostly rolled out so far, it’s time for the originals to take the stage and spread some magic. Here’s a round-up review of the eight new additions to the Infinity roster.