Review: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla fails to make colonisation fun

In the mood for some good old fashioned pillaging? Then play this. But if you want to have a good time while doing so, best to look elsewhere.

What is Among Us and should I let my kid play it?

It’s the third most streamed game in the world, but what the hell is it?

Review: The Xbox Series X is a powerful beast, but where are the games?

It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s packed with impressive new features – but is it worth shelling out $800 for? The Spinoff takes the XBox Series X out for a test drive.

Review: The PlayStation 5 is a delightful big boy of a console

The Playstation 5 is Sony's entry into the new generation of gaming. How does the big unit fare?

Gaming Archive

Why the jigsaw puzzle is 2020’s greatest stress buster

The right puzzle speaks to me like poetry, an active meditation.

Here’s why you still remember how to play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 20 years later

It's been two decades, so how is it you can still pull off a kickflip like it was yesterday?

Review: No Straight Roads is more fun to watch than it is to play

While musically and visually on point, much-anticipated indie game No Straight Roads is all sensory overload and little substance.

The Wellington studio behind this year’s cutest (and most inclusive) dating sim

Do you like cute dogs? Do you like cute people? Wellington-based Starcolt Studios' first game, Best Friend Forever, might just be the one for you. 

Review: Ghost of Tsushima is a slick conclusion to the PS4’s lifecycle

Another PS4 exclusive, another game about the cost of violence.

Review: Iron Man VR is superhero wish fulfilment, pure and simple

Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Sam Brooks prefers Pepper Potts, but he had a great time stepping into the iron suit anyway.

We don’t need any more zombie games

The use of zombies in video games is getting the world's most inventive artform stuck in the mud, ready to have its brains eaten out.

The 20-year legacy of the greatest game ever made: Deus Ex

Many call it the greatest game of all time, but where does its legacy sit now?

Review: The Last of Us Part II is great for what it means, not for what it is

The greatness of The Last of Us Part II lies not in the gameplay, but for the conversations it will start, writes Sam Brooks. Major spoilers for The Last of Us …

What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present

A new first-person photography game set in a dystopian Tauranga under lockdown is the best work of Māori science-fiction this decade, writes Dan Taipua.

There and back again: The bill targeting workers’ right in the screen industry

A bill is currently being read in parliament that could radically shift employee rights in our screen and gaming industries.

Turnip for what? Two calming months of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How did this quaint village-making game become one of the biggest sellers of its generation?