The first half of 2017

This year is a phenomenal year for video games – in my opinion, there are already four contenders for Game of the Year (although I really don’t think it’s possible to give a single GoTY award, because there’s too much gold to choose from), and the year has only just tipped the halfway mark. Keep in mind that when I say there are four contenders for GoTY, these are just from the ones I’ve played – I’ve missed quite a few releases that have also received a fair amount of fanfare.

The second half of the year is also going to be filled with some amazing titles – it will be difficult enough to find the time to play them all, let alone the money! In order to keep on top of it all, I’ve created this crazy long list – starting with games released in the first half of this year that I’ve played, followed by those I’ve missed (so far). I’ll then briefly list the next big titles expected in the second half (some of which have already been released). Continue reading The first half of 2017

First Impressions: Lawbreakers (open beta)

The final Lawbreakers open beta launched in Australia at midnight on Saturday morning, to limited fanfare. As you may be aware, I’ve been waiting on this game for some time, and with the release due only next week, I was surprised at the announcement of the beta on both PC and PS4. Surprise aside, I did jump in and play the hell out of it, so here are my first impressions after around 10 hours in-game playtime. Continue reading First Impressions: Lawbreakers (open beta)

First Impressions: Paladins Beta

Paladins has been in open beta on PC since 2015, but was only released to Xbox One and PS4 in May 2017. I initially had it confused with Paragon, so I completely ignored the game (I’m not a fan of MOBAs), but on recently discovering my love for competitive multiplayer first-person shooters (and on subsequently discovering that that’s what Paladins is), I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading First Impressions: Paladins Beta

Destiny 2 Beta: Initial Impressions

Early access to the Destiny 2 Beta unlocked at stupid o’clock in the morning for PlayStation 4 players, and I managed to sneak in a few hours before heading off to work. Here are my thoughts after around 2 hours of playtime. Some spoilers, of course, but if you are averse to spoilers I doubt you would be reading this in the first place. Continue reading Destiny 2 Beta: Initial Impressions

What is Overwatch? A primer for noobs

Blizzard’s Overwatch has just had its first anniversary, but I’ve only just started playing. For the most part, I was heavily invested in Destiny and unwilling to put time into another title, but more than that, I just didn’t really understand what made Overwatch so popular. In this article, I hope to perhaps help you understand the latter, and in the meantime also try to explain why the former doesn’t matter. Continue reading What is Overwatch? A primer for noobs

Review: NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata is the perfect example as to why I don’t like to use scores in my reviews. It’s the kind of game that is so original in its intent, and some of the tactics that are employed are likely to be so polarising, that it’s virtually impossible to be able to justify an objective approach. For me, NieR: Automata is a very strong contender for Game of the Year, and may even make a spot on the coveted “Greg’s favourite games of all time” list – and yet I know that it’s absolutely not for everyone, and is imperfect in many ways (most of which are likely deliberate on the part of the designer, to be fair). Continue reading Review: NieR: Automata