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God of War is a landmark achievement worthy of the myths that inspire it

An epic tale of Scandinavian myths and the father-son duo that fight them, God of War is a defining AAA game that pushes the boundaries graphically and thematically. Don Rowe reviews.

16 games, 16 minutes each: We play all the Play by Play Festival awards finalists

The third annual Play By Play International Games Festival is spilling out across Wellington this week. Adam Goodall played all sixteen contenders for awards at the festival...  for sixteen minutes each.

What is Fortnite and why do people keep talking about it?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today: what is this Fortnite: Battle Royale thing that your kids keep talking about? Gaming editor Sam Brooks has you covered.

Jade Empire is the black sheep of BioWare’s library

Xbox have announced a re-release slate of old games, including one that is little spoken of now: the mythic Chinese fantasy Jade Empire. Sam Brooks writes about the game's reception 13 years ago, and why it's all but forgotten now.

The beautiful promise of backwards compatibility – and the sad reality

From April 26, approximately 3% of all original Xbox games will be available in their original form on the Xbox One. That's more than you can play on the Playstation 4 – but still far, far from what we hoped for, writes Adam Goodall.

Spinoff Investigation: What the hell is Rampage, exactly?

Rampage hits cinemas this week, and you might be surprised to learn it's based on a popular video game. Gaming novice Alex Casey saw the film without playing the game, gaming expert Sam Brooks played the game and refuses to see the movie.

Suikoden was Game of Thrones before Game of Thrones

Despite five numbered entries over eleven years, Suikoden remains a much loved but little known RPG series. Sam Brooks writes about one of his favourite video game series ever, and what makes it so special.

Far Cry 5 shows off Ubisoft’s mastery of open world gameplay – and little else

With the latest entry in the Far Cry series, Ubisoft has shown they can master open world gameplay – but when are they going to actually master how to tell a story? Sam Brooks reviews.

Chuchel is fun. So what’s up with the blackface?

Chuchel, the new game from Amanita Design, is a fun romp of a game. But why the hell is the title character perpetuating blackface?

A Way Out: A forward-looking game held back by macho bullshit

A game where two dudes break out of prison isn't groundbreaking, but A Way Out still tries to play with expectations. But is it successful? Sam Brooks reviews.

Yakuza 6 is a big-hearted end of a gaming era

In the space of 13 years, the Yakuza series has turned from a clone underdog into a cult classic, and the latest game is their most anticipated yet. Sam Brooks reviews Yakuza 6.

#WarGames demonstrates what is wrong with writing in video games

The latest from Sam Barlow pushes the form of both video games and TV – but the writing lags behind it, Sam Brooks writes. Back in 2015, I was a big …

On The Reg livestream highlights: Sea of Thieves

This highlights package sees Sam Brooks and Rhys Mathewson play Sea of Thieves, the highly anticipated game from Rare Studios, make the ill-advised decision to play it solo, and somehow manage to have fun anyway?

Exclusive: 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. Don Rowe travelled to Sydney to gets his hands on a preview. 

Five lessons about being a good team player inspired by Kim Dotcom playing Fortnite with Drake

On Thursday, a now iconic trio came together to play a video game and broadcast it to the world: Popular streamer Ninja, hip hop superstar Drake and New Zealand controversy-magnet Kim Dotcom. Adam Goodall was watching.

Could I have dunked on Plato?

The Allegory of the Cave, and Madden: Haimona Gray muses on how the two are actually pretty similar, using his own (limited) experience with sport and his (not-so-limited) experience with sports video games.

Can the new Tomb Raider movie live up to the original series?

The new Tomb Raider film comes out this week with a bright new reboot and plot. Sam Brooks goes back eighteen years to see what made the first films so successful – and how they've ruined video game movies ever since.

The soothing power of the perfect Let’s Play

Sam Brooks is a devoted consumer of Let's Plays – to the point where he uses them to sleep. He explains what it is about narrated playthroughs, and one kind in particular, that he loves so much.

How video game Dandara uses capoeira to tell the story of Brazil’s beginnings

Tof Eklund goes deep on the historical context and significance of Dandara, a newly released Metroidvania-style game about the famous-in-Brazil folk hero.

How friend-building game Sea of Thieves reflects the company that created it

In January, Sam Brooks made a studio visit to Rare Studios outside Birmingham in the UK to play the studio's game Sea of Thieves, currently in open beta. He tells the story of an enchanting and slightly bizarre trip with a group of gregarious goofs.

When good love goes to a bad game: Dynasty Warriors 9

Romance of the Three Kingdoms addict Sam Brooks has spent a lot of hours on Dynasty Warriors 9 and it's... not good. So why can't he put it down?

Florence: Love is a losing video game

A new game from Mountains Studio aims to tell an authentic, full-bodied love story - and it's all on your phone. Sam Brooks reviews Florence.

Another battle royale game – but this time with feeling

The Darwin Project, the first game from Montreal studio Scavengers, brings a player-generated narrative experience to the saturated battle royale genre, and it has an open beta out this weekend. Uther Dean talks to the people behind it.

A definitive list of all the weird shit that happens in the Metal Gear series

The latest addition to the Metal Gear series, the non-canon zombie game Metal Gear Survive, is out tomorrow. The series has been around for an incredible 31 years – and oh boy, the things we've seen.