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For Honor is a bloody clash of cultures

Knights, vikings and samurai take to the battlefield in <i>For Honor</i>.

Offering a realistic and incredibly deep system of melee combat, For Honor has the guts of the most complex of fighting games, but crammed inside the frame of a third-person action experience and skinned with a variety of ancient cultures.

Halo Wars 2: Spartans meet StarCraft, again

Atriox and his Banished are a much more interesting alien force than the traditional Covenant.

Like its predecessor, Halo Wars 2 combines the lore, character and artistry of the main Halo series with the methodical gameplay of a real-time strategy game like Starcraft or Warcraft III. Unlike its predecessor, Halo Wars 2 feels like the best of both worlds.

Nioh review: Samurai souls

Nioh is a brutal game, with a level of difficulty to match.

Nioh is a tough game. It's tough to get into, tough to get good at and tough to explain. But if you like a challenge, and are willing to put in the time for its various systems to get their hooks into you, your reward will be great.

Horror returns home in Resident Evil 7

The restriction of a first-person viewpoint does wonders for the game's tension.

Adopting a first-person perspective and refocusing the narrative after a succession of bloated, tiresome sequels, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard marks a return to horror, suspense and claustrophobia.

Famed designer Hideo Kojima on going independent

Hideo Kojima.

Japan's pre-eminent auteur game designer wasn't widely known in the West until the explosive success of his 1998 PlayStation game Metal Gear Solid, but he's only become more prominent and controversial since.

Fun with falling in Gravity Rush 2

Gravity Rush 2

This sequel repeats just about every mistake the original made, but in spite of that I fell in love with its sprawling world, goofy characters and thrilling aerial acrobatics all over again.

Nanny state game depressing, oppressive, not unrealistic

<i>Beholder</i>'s art style, while simple, works well with the feeling of oppression.

Clearly modelled after a grim nanny-state vision of Russia, 'Beholder' tasks players with balancing two opposing goals: run an apartment building as a respectable landlord who is liked by his tenants, and keep your government employers happy by constantly monitoring, reporting and spying on said tenants.

Hands on with Nintendo Switch

When detached from the console, the Joy-Con can be fitted with straps that make them comfier to hold and stop you ...

The Nintendo Switch had its official coming out party over the weekend, as the world's press got its first chance to go hands on with the machine and put it through its paces.

How video games could become Australia's next big export

Framed

The results of a new independent survey of Australian video game developers suggests the industry has potential to become a "clean" national export, earning $114.9 million in the 2015–16 financial year, 81 per cent of that from overseas markets.

17 big games of 2017

Horizon

Looking ahead at 2017, the long list of games scheduled for release is astonishing. Here are our picks for 17 games to keep your eye on.

Top 10 games of 2016

Firewatch

There may have been a shortage of world-shifting, once-in-a-decade hits this year, but great games came thick and fast every single month. Here are our favourites.

Mobile Mario an addictive hunt for coins and high scores

As long as you're running, old foes like goombas and koopas won't stop Mario this time. He vaults right over them.

Focusing less on precise control and more on flowing jumps, hidden coin hunts and besting your friends' high scores, Super Mario Run successfully embraces the strengths of mobile platforms without losing too much of the Nintendo charm.

Will Mario on iPhone take off?

Mario

Never before has Nintendo made a Mario game for a piece of hardware it did not build, and never before has Apple put its marketing clout behind a game so thoroughly. But can it be the next big thing?

Australia's first 24-hour eSports channel launches

Australian commentator Danelie Purdue.

Australia's first 24/7 eSports and gaming network begins live coverage of multi-million dollar tournaments, just in time for viewers to see Australia's Anathan Pham and his team at OG win the grand final at a major Dota 2 event.