Alien Isolation review: a terrifying return to form for a troubled series

James 'DexX' Dominguez   The Alien franchise and its spin-offs have seemed cursed in the video game sphere, but Alien: Isolation thoroughly redeems the property, and is scary as hell.


Forza Horizon 2 review: hitting the open road

The Italian countryside is yours to explore in <i>Forza Horizon 2</i>.

Tim Biggs   Open-world racing through the European countryside, it's a car-loving delinquent's dream.

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Arcade the clear winner for Australia's digital games industry

Modelled on Australia's Daintree Rainforest, <em>Wander</em> is an exploration in identity and perception.

Hannah Francis   Australia's growing games development industry is shifting south from Brisbane to indie Melbourne.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is mythic value

<i>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</i>'s day-one patch an estimated 20GB.

Tim Biggs   A decade after Halo 2 cemented the series as one of gaming's most important, Microsoft and 343 Industries are looking to remind gamers with a package of almost unrivalled value.

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The Evil Within review: some things are better left dead

Playing it safe: <i>The Evil Within</i> is no step forward for the survival horror genre.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   The Evil Within was touted as horror-meister Shinji Mikami's triumphant return to the genre he defined, but it is a throwback in more ways than one.

Borderlands release another triumph for Canberra games studio

First-person shooter: A scene from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Primrose Riordan   A Canberra games studio is excited but nervous on the release of its latest instalment, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, after its previous release sold 10 million copies.

Skylanders vs Disney Infinity: a head-to-head review

<em>Skylanders</em> offers a more polished, directed experience.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   One of the biggest consumer battles this Christmas will be between two video games that use plastic figurines: Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0.

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Super Smash Bros for 3DS review: a tiny masterpiece

Smash is back: this holiday's Wii U version may yet prove to be the definitive one, but 3DS is definitely no slouch.

Tim Biggs   Fear not, Smash fans. After months of hand-wringing, the first portable outing for Super Smash Bros has arrived and is uncompromising in its control, presentation and fan service despite its smaller stature.

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EA adds free content to The Sims 4

With Halloween coming, Electronic Arts has introduced ghosts and several Star Wars skins in a free update for The Sims 4.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   When The Sims 4 was launched last month, it was criticised for a lack of content. EA and Maxis are now remedying this with a pile of free new content.

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Latest game releases: Alien Isolation, Smash Bros, Shadow of Mordor

Alien: Isolation.

Tim Biggs   Start of the holiday games season sees the heavy-hitters take the fore with Alien, Smash Bros, Mordor, Forza Horizon 2 and the latest NBA game.


Hands on with Splatoon: Nintendo's family-friendly team shooter

Each character is a hybrid of edgy urban girl and slimey cephalopod.

Tim Biggs   All the tactical fun with none of the blood, wrapped up in a colourful squiddy sheen.


Shadow of Mordor review: a bloody romp through Middle Earth

All on: The player's relationships with enemy captains is complex and fascinating.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Shadow or Mordor may not be very original, but it is an expertly-assembled blend of familiar ideas set in one of the lesser-known parts of Tolkien's Middle Earth.

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Microsoft's RoomAlive transforms your living room into a holodeck

A room is transormed into a forest environment with RoomAlive.

Lance Ulanoff   If you find gaming on smartphones, tablets or even 50-inch LCD screens too confining, you may appreciate Microsoft's RoomAlive. It turns your whole room into an interactive gaming environment.


D4 review: daringly different

David Young: time-travelling detective, proud Bostonian and bubble-gum enthusiast.

Tim Biggs   Director Swery65 returns with the video game equivalent of Twin Peaks, but it isn't for everybody.


Gauntlet review: Dungeon needs depth, badly

Throwing down the Gauntlet - again.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Gauntlet is either stripped-back old-school arcade homage or a simplistically-designed bore, and it is very hard to tell which it is.

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How Call of Duty entered Advanced Warfare

call of duty advanced warfare

James 'DexX' Dominguez   With Advanced Warfare playable at EB Expo this weekend, we spoke to the man in charge of the game about its real-world inspirations.


Halloween maze blurs the line between video games and reality

Nobody's safe: This year's maze is based on horror specialist Shinji Mikami's latest game, <i>The Evil Within</i>.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   During its annual Halloween event, Warner Bros Movie World will debut a live action horror maze based on the upcoming The Evil Within video game.


Hyrule Warriors review: a Zelda hack 'n' slash

Playable characters include favourites from three <i>Legend of Zelda</i> games, with many more coming as paid downloadable content.

Tim Biggs   This is pure, stupid fun mixed with big explosions and a whole lot of celebration for one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises.

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Nintendo turns 125: History of a Japanese giant

The plaque at the original headquarters of Nintendo Playing Card Co., renamed Nintendo Co. by Hiroshi Yamauchi in 1963.

Tim Biggs   Last week Japanese gaming giant Nintendo celebrated its 125th birthday. Here's a look back at the company's history and some the great toys they have made.

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Latest game releases: FIFA 15, Hyrule Warriors, D4

<i>FIFA 15</i>'s beautiful game is even more beautiful on the new consoles.

Tim Biggs   The newest version of the world's best football simulator is here, alongside a combat-driven take on the Zelda universe, a couple of short, stylish indie titles and the return of Wasteland.

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