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Two infuriating days attempting to master Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The latest game by FromSoftware is out, and it's as difficult as you'd expect. Is the juice worth the squeeze?

We need to review how we treat graphic content in video games

As it stands only ten games are currently banned from sale in New Zealand but should we be looking at how we censor games with more scrutiny? Oskar Howell writes.

Before Instagram, there was Pokémon Snap

Twenty years ago – before Instagram – a game about documenting your every move was released. That game was Pokemon Snap.

Can You Pet The Dog? is the most wholesome thing in gaming

The internet is a place where the darkest seeds of the world take root – but there's light there too. Sam Brooks talks to the person behind one of those lights, the Can You Pet the Dog twitter account.

Is the elusive target in Hitman 2 actually Judith Collins? A Spinoff investigation

Hitman 2 has plundered from our shores before, but now has it taken the story and likeness of our most notorious South Auckland MP, Judith 'Crusher' Collins? Adam Goodall goes down the rabbit hole.

Why can’t we make a good game about people in robots any more?

Left Alive has been released this past week to harsh reviews and studio backpedalling - yet another failure in the rare people-in-robots genre of game.

The definitive ranking of every Pokémon starter

This morning, Nintendo announced the eighth generation of Pokémon: Sword and Shield, and along with it came three starters. Sam Brooks ranks these starters - and all of the rest …

Breast is best: The controversy that plagues Dead or Alive

Less than a week out from release, Sam Brooks dips back into the breast physics controversy that has enveloped Dead or Alive 6.

Is Anthem the final nail in BioWare’s coffin?

BioWare's new online multiplayer Anthem has stumbled out of the starting block, with decidedly mixed reviews. So is this it for BioWare?

Three Days of the I-Block: a Tetris 99 diary

Last week, the Tetris battle royale game Tetris 99 dropped with no announcement. Adam Goodall spent three days with the game. This is his diary.

The worst ever Red Dead Redemption 2 fishing trip

The Spinoff’s gaming journalist morbid_angel_69 goes on a not-at-all stressful fishing trip into the hills to hunt for the Legendary Rock Bass.

Final Fantasy 8 is the best – and weirdest – Final Fantasy

It’s one of the most controversial entries in the long-running series, but on its 20th anniversary Sam Brooks is standing behind Final Fantasy 8 as the best one of them …

Bingeing on a triple-triple: True confessions of a Scrabble addict

She's hidden it from her friends and her family – but she's ready to come clean. Auckland councillor Cathy Casey is a Scrabble addict

Spider-Man’s DLC uneasily sticks the game’s landing

It's been a few months since Spider-Man came out, and its follow-up DLC, The City That Never Sleeps, has ended its run. Sam Brooks looks back at the game, and how well the DLC fares compared to the original.

Crackdown 3: Better late than never

Crackdown 3 is one of the most notoriously delayed games of all time, but it's finally out next week. Lee Henaghan caught up with the game's top creative talent to find out if it's going to be worth the wait.

Demons in the mist: The Silent Hill series 20 years on

The series had a quiet end, but that doesn't change how impactful Silent Hill was on its debut. Sam Brooks looks back at Silent Hill and its impact on video games today.

The real Kingdom Hearts 3 are the friends we made along the way

What started as a simple Disney and Final Fantasy crossover 17 years ago is now a labyrinthine juggernaut. Sam Brooks reviews the one – the only – Kingdom Hearts 3.

Robots coming through the walls: Hands on with Weta’s new mixed reality game

Weta Workshop has just released Dr Grordbort’s Invaders, a game for Magic Leap, one of the most ground-breaking pieces of mixed-reality technology on the market. So what's it like to play it?

The museum exhibit celebrating the queer history of gaming

The Rainbow Arcade is an exhibition of LGBTQI* representation is video games currently taking place at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. Joel Thomas attends the exhibition and reflects on it.

Just Cause 4: Lots of boom but still a bust

People have flocked to the Just Cause series drawn by its OTT action mayhem. But how long can mindless fun keep people engaged?

A definitive guide to the utterly ludicrous Kingdom Hearts series

It's sold over 25 million copies across the world – but damned if anybody can make sense of it. Sam Brooks brings you the exhaustive, definitive guide to the world of Kingdom Hearts.

Red Dead Redemption 2 might be a hit, but Rockstar’s star is waning

Red Dead Redemption 2 is still creaming it and José Barbosa is still playing it and loving it. But Rockstar is fast losing its sparkle.  

One giant leap: Inside Weta Workshop’s reality-defying game development studio

Following the launch of debut game Dr Grordbort’s Invaders, Weta Workshop’s game division invited Baz Macdonald in to discuss the project's long development and to explore what the future holds for mixed reality gaming.

Plant zombies, Frozen fanfiction and Harry Potter: The most anticipated games of 2019

Another year, another twelve months full of video games that seem to exist only to drain your bank account - but which of these should you be hanging out for? Sam Brooks rounds up the most anticipated games of 2019.