Gaming Archive

Astro Bot could be PSVR’s Mario 64 moment

Not only is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission a platformer on par with anything you’d expect from Nintendo’s moustachioed plumber, it’s also the first ‘killer app’ for PlayStation VR.

Dragon Quest XI is a hundred hours of the warmest, gentlest therapy

Sam Brooks has played over one hundred hours of Dragon Quest - and found it to be an act of self-care, not grinding torture. This is his story.

The six month bug that killed PUBG down under

Since its early access release in March last year, PlayersUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a global phenomenon – but events over recent months have nearly killed its Oceania playerbase.

Anxiety and gaming: How I learned to stop worrying and love the game

Hot take: video games are fun. Hotter take: even super fun things can bring out the very worst in you. Brian McDonald examines the effect that gaming had on his anxiety - and vice versa.

Review: Life is Strange 2 is as effective – and unsubtle – as ever

Life is Strange 2 repeats the sins of its predecessor – for good and for bad. Sam Brooks reviews.

Waterdeep Mountain High: Gnome Biology part 2

“It’s not that I’m not into you, I’m just frigid.”

Review: Forza Horizon 4 is a racer for the Fortnite generation

It’s not just the silly victory dances and weekly challenges; this is the first massively multiplayer racing game where winning doesn’t really matter – it’s the taking part that counts.

I’m on a boat, motherfucker! Setting sail on World of Warships

He's driven tanks, he's flown planes - now he's ready to sail ships into war. Adam Goodall takes the plunge into World of Warships.

Review: Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a return to happy wartime form

It's taken three games to get there – but Valkyria Chronicles 4 finally recaptures the addictive and bizarrely positive magic of the first game.

What is the PlayStation Classic and will it connect me to my misspent youth?

Last night, Sony announced the PlayStation Classic - a console that looks like a PlayStation One and plays those games too. Is that all it is, though?

Waterdeep Mountain High: Gnome Biology

The gang splits up for a couple episodes for narrative (and location) purposes.

Shifting seasons add spice to Forza Horizon 4

The fourth instalment of the globetrotting Horizon Festival is the series’ most ambitious effort yet. Lee Henaghan took the open world racer for a test drive ahead of its release.

Into the Breach balances small and casual with epic and emotional

Among the slew of indie games dropping on the Nintendo Switch, Into the Breach rises to the top.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider limps the trilogy to a close

This generation's Tomb Raider trilogy comes to a close - and it's with a limp, not a wild leap into the future. Sam Brooks reviews. The Tomb Raider series is the Maria Sharapova of …

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift Part Three

The gang attempt to charm a witch and get in way too deep, before facing a powerful foe and eating some delicious soup.

No Man’s Sky is finally, finally great

Occasional No Man's Sky correspondent Josh Drummond finds the infinite space-based sandbox game just got infinitely more fun.

Take notes or get left for dead: Spider-Man is a landmark triumph for gaming

Spider-Man is an unqualified triumph of a game - but the best thing about it is also the most surprising. Sam Brooks reviews.

Gaming is serious business in China, and Kiwi companies are seeing dollar signs

China is home to more than half a billion gamers – and Auckland game developer Allan Xia wants to help New Zealand’s gaming industry tap into the opportunities the market offers.

Remembering Neopets, an early 2000s internet phenomenon

Next year will mark 20 years since Neopets materialised on the World Wide Web, and with most of its former user base now in their 20s and 30s, it seems the time is ripe for a nostalgic resurgence.

14 years on, World of Warcraft keeps these Kiwis hooked

The seventh expansion of World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth hit the metaphoric shelves last week. Uther Dean talks to some of the decade-old game's most diehard Kiwi fans.

World of Warplanes: Microtransactions from the Eastern Front

Intrepid gaming explorer Adam Goodall is dragged back into the world of battle vehicles with World of Warplanes.

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift Part Two

Having won the hearts of everyone in the music department, our heroes uncover a vital clue to aid them in their quest, but tensions within the party threaten to throw them off track.

Frickin Dangerous Bro review white people things: Settlers of Catan

What is it with white people's love for the colonialist hexagonal fantasy board game Settlers of Catan?

10 new Tekken characters who’d make as much sense as The Walking Dead’s Negan

With the announcement that The Walking Dead's Negan is joining Tekken 7, it's clear that absolutely anybody can be a Tekken character.