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Will Kostakis

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Screenwriter, author, gamer and purveyor of all things inappropriate. His new book, THE FIRST THIRD, is out now via Penguin Australia.

Shadow of the Colossus Review: Once more up the beast

Another console, another release of Shadow of the Colossus. The classic title was first released on the PS2 back in 2005 by Team ICO and...

Yooka-Laylee Preview: What’s old is new again

Fans have been waiting for Yooka-Laylee a long time, and I don’t just mean since its 2015 Kickstarter. The Spaceworld 2000 Banjo-Threeie tech demo...

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

When it comes to Square Enix and Final Fantasy this generation, I’ve worn my heart on my sleeve. While previous Final Fantasy games demonstrated the power of marrying addictive gameplay with engaging narratives, the gameplay in this gen has been a bit subpar. The narratives? Nonsensical. While the practically on-the-rails Final Fantasy XIII left a bad taste in gamers' mouths, the original Final Fantasy XIV was the straw that broke the reputation’s back. Square Enix singled it out for having "greatly damaged" the brand. Square Enix sought to fix it, which in itself was cause for concern – the last time they tried to fix an underwhelming game, we got Final Fantasy XIII-2, which introduced a new host of problems that were explained away as being "what fans wanted".

Final Fantasy’s Hajime Tabata: “Having a good story is as essential as good gameplay”

Watching the conference room doors, I can feel the weight of every accumulated moment: dreaming up a plot for Mario Kart 64, powering through...

Preview: Child of Light

Earlier this week, we were invited to preview Ubisoft Montréal’s latest role-playing game Child of Light on the PlayStation 4. You control Aurora, who wakes to find herself in the mythical world of Lemuria, which has had its sun, moon and stars stolen by the Black Queen. You must retrieve them and find your way home.

Review: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

What's there to say about a game that was released to consoles in late 2012, re-tweaked for PS Vita in early 2013... and now...

An MMO newbie obsesses over Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

We follow one Final-Fantasy-fanboy-slash-MMORPG-newbie as he overcomes server issues to explore the wide, wide world of Eorzea. This week, he's beating up inebriated monsters for...

An MMO newbie plays… Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been open to the public for three days, so a full-blown review at this stage would be...

Preview: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

It’s been eight years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II. An entire generation has come and (almost) gone without another incarnation of the...

Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Trailer released

It's here: your first look at Grand Theft Auto V gameplay, and it's every bit as glorious as we expected. The trailer reintroduces our three protagonists, Michael,...

How I lost faith in Final Fantasy

I'm losing faith in Final Fantasy. I have to admit, my history with the series isn't as long as others' — I grew up in...

Review: Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force

Ratchet and Clank are back. To celebrate their franchise’s 10th anniversary, Insomniac has released a budget spinoff title that takes the series’ third-person platforming...

Review: Dead Or Alive 5

For the most part, Dead or Alive 5 is the same Dead or Alive game you’ve played three times before. That’s not a bad...

Interview: PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale director Omar Kendall

With the local release of PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale a little over one month away, we caught up with game director Omar Kendall in...

Interview: Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi

With Dead or Alive 5’s release just one week away, we caught up with director Yosuke Hayashi to discuss the game, the lasting impact...

Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

It might seem surprising, but of all the launch games for the PlayStation Vita, the one I was most certain would not disappoint was...

Review: Lumines: Electronic Symphony

Considering the portable PlayStation brand is all about bringing big, console game experiences to handheld devices, it’s kind of funny to see that one...

Review: Rayman: Origins

The PlayStation Vita’s big claim to fame is that it’s a handheld PlayStation 3. It’s a pretty big claim, and what better way to...

Review: SSX

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. It’s been five years since the last SSX game (SSX Blur for the Nintendo Wii), and...

Preview: SSX

When SSX was announced with a gritty subtitle ‘Deadly Descents’ and an equally gritty trailer, the Internet had a conniption fit. Forums and comments...

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