Aussies help bring twitterverse to the really big screen in Glasgow

Ben Grubb   Whether you like it or not, you - the spectator - are about to become the half-time entertainment.


Battlefield series takes a risk on cops-and-robbers

<i>Battlefield: Hardline</i> takes the core gameplay of previous entries in the series and applies it to a very different setting.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Cops-and-robbers is a big change from historical and modern day warfare that made it successful, but this is the risk Battlefield: Hardline is taking.


The emotional core of Valiant Hearts

<i>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</i> is based on genuine stories from the war.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Valiant Hearts is a game based on genuine personal stories from World War I, and the story of how this remarkable game came to be goes back four years.


Pullblox World review

Guiding Malo to the top of the puzzle is easy enough in early stages, but becomes quite challenging.

Jason Hill   Pullblox's concepts start simple, but become a succession of delightfully complex spatial puzzles.


Metrocide preview: a 90s vision of the future

Contract killer TJ Trench is taking out the trash in <i>Metrocide</i>.

Tim Biggs   In a non-descript office building in Ultimo, on a floor that the elevator doesn't quite reach, two brothers put the finishing touches on their newest game.


Latest game releases: Civilization and Monster Hunter

JFK tells it like it is in <i>Civilization Revolution 2</i>, which isn't always historically accurate.

Tim Biggs   A pair of AAA mobile releases join a creative fantasy rogue-like, an old-school shooter and a puzzle with mice.


Dictator sues Call of Duty for using his likeness

Manuel Noriega as he appears in <i>Call of Duty</i>.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Manuel Noriega, the notorious former dictator of Panama, is suing Activision for using his likeness without permission in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.


Take the fight to Sauron's army in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Talion gets up close and personal with the enemy.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Shadow of Mordor will let gamers invade Mordor, Middle-earth's heart of darkness.


Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark review

Flop: Though Bumblebee may look like his colourful, bombastic self, Rise of the Dark Spark is a dreary and boring experience.

Jason Hill   Dark Spark is a reminder of why movie tie-ins are now such a rarity, and why nobody mourns their loss.


Valiant Hearts: War game with a difference

<i>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</i> is charming, atmospheric and stylish enough to get away with its occasional inconsistencies.

Jason Hill   It's wonderful to play a war game that doesn't involve staring down the barrel of a gun. A game that's much more interested in telling stories about the devastating human impact of The Great War than disturbingly realistic depictions of violence.


Warcraft meets StarCraft and Diablo in Heroes of the Storm

Nova Terra is just one of the characters plucked from the StarCraft universe to take part in <i>Heroes</i>.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Upcoming brawler is Blizzard's mash-up of Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft, bringing a host of characters together in a free-to-play online multiplayer game.


Grip of gaming

Playing to win: Gaming solid for 10 hours is hard work, says psychologist Jocelyn Brewer.

Andrew Masterson   Does excessive online gaming lead to mental disorder? Experts are undecided.


Original 'Alien' crew return for new game

Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley in <i>Alien: Isolation</i>, surrounded by her fellow cast members as the crew of the Nostromo.

Mike Snider   Sigourney Weaver and other actors from Ridley Scott's 1979 thriller reprise their roles in Alien: Isolation.


Batman gets mobile in Arkham Knight

Gotham's streets have been developed alongside the tank-like Batmobile in <i>Arkham Knight</i>.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   The next game in the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series will feature a huge Gotham City that can be explored in the Batmobile.


3D games on a 2D TV? Nintendo files patent

An image from Nintendo's patent shows a proposal to track users gaze and provide 3D images.

Tim Biggs   Mysterious patent for device that would track player's viewpoint to create 3D images on any display, but could also possibly emit scented and temperature-controlled air, gives indication of where Nintendo thinks immersive gaming technology is headed.

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Latest game releases: Valiant Hearts, Shovel Knight, Sniper Elite III

Light puzzle-solving punctuates a soulful story in <i>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</i>.

Tim Biggs   Heartfelt tales from the front line arrive alongside brilliant platforming and gruesome sniping in this update, plus another Transformers game and a surprisingly solid squid-based strategy design.


No more 'male only' events for e-sports federation

The issue was originally sparked when some <i>Hearthstone</i> players found they couldn't compete in an event at Assembly Summer 2014 because of their gender.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Following complications that meant women were barred from competing in some events, the International e-Sports Federation will now only hold 'open-to-all' and female-only events.

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Australian studio powers up new Borderlands game

Lasers and low gravity are obvious implications of taking the story to the moon for the creators of <i>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</i>.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   2K Australia entrusted to fill a big gap in Gearbox's beloved Borderlands saga.


EA Sports UFC game review

Antonio Silva as he appears in <i>EA Sports UFC</i>.

Jason Hill   This is EA's second swing at mixed martial arts. It's not going to hold much appeal to those unfamiliar with the brutal and exotic sport, but the developers are clearly trying to woo aficionados with their passion, enthusiasm and respect for UFC.


Playable Kickstarter-funded video games hit 100

<i>Wasteland 2</i> almost set a record for most money raised in a video game Kickstarter, although the full game is currently slated to arrive more than a year behind its original schedule.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Kickstarter is risky for video games, both for studios and fans, so this week's announcement of 100 playable games is a milestone.

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