Gaming Archive

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.

Waterdeep Mountain High: Bullies and Fungus, part 2

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

Soul Calibur 6 is a return to fanservice form

Does my soul still burn? After six years, kind of! Sam Brooks reviews Soul Calibur 6.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the best in the series – but it’s not really an Assassin’s Creed game

It's time for the annual Assassin's Creed game, but 2018's version doesn't feel very much like an Assassin's Creed at all. So why does it work so well? Sam Brooks reviews.

Giraffe Town is the perfectly creepy game for Halloween

While fakers are playing so-called big budget horror spectacles like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombie mode, Adam Goodall knows where to find the best and most meaningful scares: a little place called Giraffe Town.

Waterdeep Mountain High: Bullies & Fungus part one

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

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.