Gaming Archive

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.

God of War and Kant’s theory of the sublime

Through clever manipulation of scale and mythos, the latest iteration of God of War makes the most of Immanuel Kant's theory of the sublime to deliver a truly beautiful game.

Summer Reissue: The Red Dead Redemption 2 hat shooting challenge

Our video journalist @morbid_slag_angel_69 takes up the revolver!

Summer Reissue: The curious case of the Three Kingdoms video games

Creative Assembly released another spinoff to the Total War series, this time based around the Three Kingdoms War in China. Sam Brooks investigates why this period is a bizarrely popular one for video games.

What did we learn about gaming in 2018?

What did some of our contributors realise about their much-beloved artform - the vaunted video game - this year?

Summer Reissue: How the Dark Souls video game series ruined my life

Sometimes it pays to focus on the dark side of gaming. Hayden Donnell shares the harrowing story of his own crippling addiction to Dark Souls.

Summer Reissue: How Bloodborne slyly calls out HP Lovecraft

It’s no secret that horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft had bigoted attitudes to race and class. Duy Le examines how these aspects of Lovecraft’s writing are critiqued in FromSoftware’s Bloodborne.

Waterdeep Mountain High: School’s Out… Forever? Part 3

Welcome back (for the final time!) to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Waterdeep Mountain High: School’s Out… Forever? Part 2

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Waterdeep Mountain High: School’s Out… Forever? Part 1

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Ashen carries the hopes of a gaming nation

As a homegrown project from a Lower Hutt based studio making its first-ever game, Lee Henaghan desperately wanted Ashen to be awesome - he wasn’t disappointed.

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #78: The PlayStation Classic

We've already previewed Playstation's new nostalgia thirst trap, but now the Classic comes under the real judges: The Spinoff Board of Review.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a future-facing nostalgia playground

The latest entry in the Smash Bros. series doesn't just cash in on nostalgia, it builds on it. Sam Brooks reviews Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ashen: a milestone for the gaming industry in New Zealand

It’s already being compared to Dark Souls, Breath of the Wild, Journey and and after five years in the making, one of the most ambitious games ever made in New Zealand is almost ready for release.

Why Māori were picked for the world’s most popular strategy game

In a new ecology-focused Civ VI expansion, Kupe leads the Māori in an attempt to dominate the globe through kaitiakitanga. 

The gaming gift guide for non-gamers this Christmas

You have to buy a gift for someone, and the one thing you know they're into is video games. But what the hell are you meant to buy them without looking like a fool?

What’s that guy doing in the hotel room by himself in Red Dead Redemption 2?

The Spinoff's gaming journalist morbid_angel_69 returns with an in depth investigation into a true red dead mystery! What is that guy doing in the Valentine hotel behind closed doors?

The Spinoff investigates… the Hawke’s Bay mansion in Hitman 2

Hitman 2 has a storyline set in a New Zealand beachfront mansion. So how accurately does Hitman 2 capture Hawke's Bay?

The Red Dead Redemption 2 hat shooting challenge

People are loving Red Dead Redemption 2 and its ultra realistic depiction of the wild west. Nothing says western more than shooting people's hats off, so we're attempting a hat shooting challenge!

Spyro’s Reignited Trilogy revives a long dead corpse with beautiful result

Following in the strong, deep footsteps of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy comes another remaster of a 90s classic. Sam Brooks reviews Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy.

The Playstation Classic is the easiest way to get your nostalgic-gaming fix

It's twenty of the games of your youth in one package – but is the Playstation Classic worth the price tag? Sam Brooks had a swing at the new-old console.