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A mother’s ashes: God of War, one year on

One year ago, God of War was unleashed on the world, selling millions of copies and winning countless awards. Sam Brooks finally catches up with the game.

How Overcooked 2 taught me to be a better cook (and person)

Alex Casey plays chaotic cooking game Overcooked 2 and learns some very valuable lessons.

The original 151 Pokémon ranked from worst to best

Sam Brooks digs into his childhood to present his magnum opus: a ranking of all 151 OG Pokémon.

Suikoden II is a cutesy, 16-bit Game of Thrones – and I love it

What's the best way to look at the biggest show on television at the moment? Through a 20 year old video game, of course, writes Sam Brooks.

Fortnite is dead. Long live Apex Legends

Apex Legends is the big new challenger for Fortnite’s crown, and it appeared almost entirely out of thin air. Oskar Howell plays the new battle royale game everyone is talking about.

25 years a clown: In praise of Final Fantasy 6’s Kefka

How time flies – Final Fantasy 6 was released 25 years ago this month. Sam Brooks remembers its brilliant antagonist, an evil clown who actually succeeded in destroying the world.

It’s not about easy mode: FromSoftware and the question of video game difficulty

With every new FromSoftware game comes the same debate – how hard is too hard, and why does it matter? Matthew Codd examines this age-old argument and its bogus foundations.

The unfairly tainted legacy of Mass Effect

After a recent replay of the original trilogy, Sam Brooks writes on the unfairly maligned legacy of the Mass Effect trilogy.

I became Dracula: How Metroidvanias helped me self-isolate

Metroidvanias are some of the most notoriously difficult, directionless games in existence. Jesse Dekel writes about how these games were a rock during a rough time at sea.

Free armour trimming: The Communist revolution inside Runescape

Before Fortnite, there was Runescape. And well before Runescape, there was an eternal class struggle. Emilie Rākete writes about the moment the two collided in the most unexpected way.

Experience Bar is turning games into cocktails

Drinks and video games - just like peanut butter and jelly. Sam Brooks interviews Jack Stone-Slater, the man behind Experience Bar, which combines the dual pleasures of gaming and cocktails.

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