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September 18, 2017

Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC (from 24 October)   I must confess that I never played the original Destiny. As Bungie’s first game since being released from their servitude to Microsoft and the Halo franchise, hopes were certainly high for the pseudo-MMO first person looter shooter, but it never seemed to […]

September 18, 2017

  What (is all this election nonsense)? So, after being harassed by massive multi-media campaigns featuring bright orange blobs, politicians’ shit-eating grins, and enough billboards to cover the outside of the Majestic Centre, it’s finally time for us New Zealanders to go to the polls for the general election. Over the last two months we’ve […]

August 21, 2017

Developer: Volition Publisher: Deep Silver Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Windows) Review copy supplied by publisher   The success of Overwatch seems to have spawned a new trend among developers, one which has frankly become necessary: large casts of diverse playable characters. While some may see this as a purely political move designed to appease […]

August 14, 2017

It is estimated that one in every 66 New Zealanders has an autistic spectrum disorder, such as the high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. I have Asperger’s, which directly influences my view of the world. Here’s how a typical day usually goes for me. I arise from my slumber to the squeal of my phone alarm, groggy but […]

August 14, 2017

Developer: Nintendo EPD Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Nintendo Switch   I’ve complained a lot about Nintendo in the past, to the point where some of you are probably getting sick of it. Nintendo’s weird inclination to do the exact opposite of what is expected of a gaming company turns the simplest of tasks into a frustrating […]

August 7, 2017

It was one of the most anticipated games of 2014, a brand new IP from the team that made Call of Duty the juggernaut it is today. It combined fast-paced movement and parkour elements with giant mechs that really pack a punch. Its sequel built on everything the original did well, in addition to having […]

July 24, 2017

Developer: Marvelous Publisher: Marvelous/Xseed Games Platform: PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (reviewed) Review copy supplied by publisher.   Oh great, another obscure Japanese franchise that only nerds like me have even heard of! Be warned — deep lore and pointless fanservice lies ahead… The Fate series began in 2004 with the visual novel Fate/stay night, and […]

July 17, 2017

Developer: Vicarious Visions Publisher: Activision Platform: PS4 I cannot emphasise enough how much of an impact the Crash Bandicoot series has had — not just on me, but on gaming in general. The little orange marsupial quickly became iconic in a time when every console needed a mascot and, sure enough, Crash is synonymous with […]

June 6, 2017

I’m about to do something I’ve deliberately avoided doing ever since I started writing for Salient back in 2015. It was, and is, the gaming controversy to end all gaming controversies; nothing else comes even remotely close in terms of impact on the wider gaming community and on society in general. Mentioning its name is […]